New Delhi, June 29: Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal today advised Prime Minister Narendra Modi to forget 2+2 dialogue with the US and start a dialogue with all stakeholders on issues confronting the country.
Sibal tweeted ” Forget the 2+2 dialogue with the US. At least start a dialogue with : (1) the people of India (2) the Opposition (3) your estranged alliance partners (4) all stakeholders in Kashmir (5) a dialogue with the press.
Forget the 2+2 dialogue with the US .
At least start a dialogue with :
(1) the people of India
(2) the Opposition
(3) your estranged alliance partners
(4) all stakeholders in Kashmir
(5) a dialogue with the press
— Kapil Sibal (@KapilSibal) June 29, 2018
Sibal’s tweet was in reference to all the issues including prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, BJP’s alliance partners, opposition parties, among others.
His statement was in reaction to the cancellation of the first 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.
On the sidelines of the G20 Ministerial Meeting in Buenos Aires last month, Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh and US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan also discussed the agenda for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.