India-US ‘2+2’ dialogue on October 26-27

New Delhi will host the much-awaited third edition of the two-plus-two ministerial dialogue between India and the U.S. on October  27. U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper will represent their country and will be in  India on October  26 and 27 for the dialogue. India will be represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The new framework of the ministerial dialogue has been initiated to ensure a forward-looking vision for the strategic partnership between the two democratic countries, says External Affairs Ministry. In the coming dialogue, both sides are also expected to discuss the situation in the Indo-Pacific region as well as in India’s neighbourhood besides other key bilateral issues. The first two-plus-two dialogue was held in Delhi in September 2018 after the mechanism was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump. The countries who are coming together on several issues including the urgency to checkmate what they call PRC’s expansionist agenda. The 2+2 ministerial dialogue was finalised during the bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of Quad summit in Tokyo earlier. India’s Minister for Commerce Piyush Goyal  had said: “We are at a cusp of a very enduring relationship — a relationship that will grow from strength to strength in the years to come.” Goyal was interacting with American businesses. Goyal also said the bilateral trade between US and India grew from $126 billion in 2017 to $145 billion in 2019, adding that the set target of $500 billion via a two-way trade in the next five years is “eminently doable”. The third India-US ‘2+2’ dialogue will be significant in the absence of thaw in the Indo-China relations at the LAC. edited by PK Chakravarty. Pic courtesy to AP

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