India and we will hold a 2+2 dialogue on April 11

India and the United States will hold 2+2 ministerial talks on April 11, according to official statements from the country’s Foreign Ministry and the US State Department.

The Indian delegation will be led by Home Secretary Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and the United States will be represented by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin.

“The dialogue would enable the two parties to undertake a comprehensive review of cross-cutting issues of the Indo-US bilateral agenda related to foreign policy, defense and security with the aim of providing strategic direction and vision to consolidate the relationship more,” MEA said. .

“The 2+2 dialogue will also be an opportunity to exchange views on important regional and global developments and how we can work together to address issues of common interest and concern,” he said. -he declares.

As part of a continuous and regular dialogue, Jaishankar will meet separately with his American counterpart, Secretary Blinken. He is also due to meet with senior US administration officials to advance the India-US comprehensive strategic partnership.

This year’s event will celebrate 75 years of diplomatic relations and reaffirm the importance of the comprehensive and comprehensive strategic partnership between the United States and India in ensuring international peace and security. It will reaffirm our shared commitment to a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, the US State Department said in a statement.

“The 2+2 Ministerial Meeting is an important opportunity to advance our shared goals across the U.S.-India strategic partnership, including strengthening our people-to-people ties and cooperation in education. , building diverse and resilient supply chains for critical and emerging technologies, scaling up our climate action and public health cooperation, and developing a trade and investment partnership to increase prosperity for working families in both countries,” he said.

“It is also an opportunity to highlight the growing major defense partnership between the United States and India. The relationship between the world’s largest democracies is built on shared values ​​and resilient democratic institutions, and the shared Indo-Pacific interests of rule based on an international order that preserves sovereignty and territorial integrity, upholds human rights, and expands regional and global peace and prosperity,” he said. he adds.

Ahead of the 2+2 dialogue, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with EAM Jaishankar on Tuesday in a phone call to review regional and global priorities, including the situation in Ukraine.

The last 2+2 ministerial dialogue between the two countries was held in October 2020 in New Delhi.

India and the United States held a bilateral 2+2 intersessional meeting in September last year in Washington and exchanged assessments on developments in South Asia, the Indo-Pacific region and the West. of the Indian Ocean.

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