Bilateral ties, global issues key focus of India, US 2+2 dialogue

New Delhi: India and the US will carry out a comprehensive review of their fast-expanding strategic ties at the next edition of the ‘2+2’ foreign and defense ministerial dialogue this week. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin are visiting India for the dialogue.

The Indian delegation is being led by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. “Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar will welcome US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III for the fifth India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi on November 10,” the External Affairs Ministry (MEA) said.

It said the ‘2+2’ dialog will enable a high-level review of progress being made in cross-cutting aspects of defense and security cooperation, technology value chain collaborations and people-to-people ties.

“The ministers will take the opportunity to progress the futuristic roadmap for the India-US partnership as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joseph Biden, in their discussions in June and September this year,” the MEA said in a statement.

It said both sides will also take stock of contemporary regional issues and exchange views about shared priorities for augmenting cooperation in multilateral platforms, and through frameworks such as Quad.

Singh and Jaishankar are also scheduled to have bilateral meetings with their American counterparts, which will “mark a continuity of Ministerial Dialogue and reaffirm the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic partnership”, the MEA said.

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