India-US hold 2+2 Inter-sessional meeting, discuss inclusive Indo-Pacific | Daily News

India-US hold 2+2 Inter-sessional meeting, discuss inclusive Indo-Pacific

India and the US held a bilateral 2+2 Inter-sessional meeting on Wednesday in Washington DC and exchanged assessments on developments in South Asia, the Indo-Pacific region and the Western Indian Ocean. Both sides reviewed the progress made since the last 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held in October 2020 and preparations for the forthcoming dialogue later this year.

At the meeting held virtually, the Indian delegation was led jointly by Vani Rao, Joint Secretary (Americas) in the Ministry of External Affairs, and Somnath Ghosh, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation) in the Ministry of Defence.

The US delegation was led jointly by Dean Thompson, Senior Bureau Official, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the US Department of State, and David Helvey, Acting Assistant Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs in the US Department of Defence.

Both sides reviewed the progress and developments in bilateral ties in defense, security, and foreign policy areas since the last 2+2 ministerial meeting held on December 18, 2019 in Washington DC, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

They explored opportunities for enhancing ongoing cooperation in these fields based on mutual interest, the MEA said.

“They also exchanged views about regional developments, and agreed to pursue their quest for a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” the statement said.

The inter-sessional meeting mechanism was set up pursuant to the 2+2 ministerial. The two sides agreed to continue these discussions in the future, MEA said.

The meeting comes amid a border standoff between India and China in eastern Ladakh. (www.aninews.in)


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