Washington, July 20: The maiden ‘two-plus-two strategic dialogue’ between India and the US is scheduled to be held on September 6 in New Delhi, the State Department announced today.
“The United States is pleased to announce that the inaugural US-India ‘2+2 dialogue’ will be held in New Delhi, India, on September 6,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert asserted in a statement.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis would be travelling to India for the dialogue.
They will hold talks with their Indian counterparts, Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman to discuss strengthening strategic, security, and defence cooperation as the US and India jointly address challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
Earlier, Sitharaman on July 13 announced the twice-deferred two-plus-two dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of India and the US will happen in the first week of September.
“She told media that agenda will be to develop and strengthen strategic defence cooperation and to follow-on with what had transpired during the meeting with Secretary Defence Mattis”.
Last month, the US had postponed the much-awaited talks between the two countries due to “unavoidable reasons”.