New Delhi, June 30: After the United States postponed the inaugural ‘2+2’ dialogue due to “unavoidable reasons”, India declined the US offer to host to host Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington DC in the first week of July.
The invite was in line with the original plan, the Indian Express reported.
According to the original programme India-US strategic 2+2 Dialogue involving External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts, which was scheduled to held on July 6.
On Wednesday, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed in a tweet that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke to Sushma Swaraj “to express his regret and deep disappointment at the US having to postpone the 2+2 Dialogue for unavoidable reasons”.
The 2+2 Dialogue format was agreed to between the two countries during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington in June last year when he called on US President Donald Trump for the first time.