India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue is underway at Hyderabad House. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper are attending it.
Later the two visiting Secretaries will call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. The US officials then will leave for Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.
Pompeo and Esper arrived in New Delhi on Monday for 2+2 inter-ministerial talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
The visit also comes at a time when India and China are locked in a serious military stand-off along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh.
We are happy that we’ve completed the BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement), which will open new avenues in the information sharing. We are eager to discuss further issues with U.S.: Home Minister Rajnath Singh during India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial dialogue
Over the last two decades, our bilateral relationship has grown steadily. At a time when it is particularly important to uphold the rules-based international order…together we can make a real difference when it comes to regional & global challenges: EAM S Jaishankar
Our economies have suffered losses. We’re trying to revive industries & services sectors. Our partnership becomes more important in view of current challenges we’re facing. We both believe in rule-based order & democracy: Home Minister Rajnath Singh during India-US 2+2 dialogue
Earlier, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House.