2+2 Ministerial Dialogue: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives in India

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NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 26: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan arrived in New Delhi on Monday for 3rd India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. Pompeo is joined by Secretary of Defence of the United States of America Mark T. Esper.

Pompeo will participate in the third edition of the dialogue that is scheduled to take place tomorrow.

The talks will focus on four themes- regional security cooperation, defence information sharing, military-to-military interactions and defence trade, US said last week.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a bilateral meeting with Esper in South Block, New Delhi. The two ministers reviewed bilateral defence cooperation spanning military to military cooperation, secure communication systems and information sharing, defence trade and industrial issues and also discussed ways to take bilateral cooperation forward.

Both the Ministers expressed satisfaction at the close engagements between the respective Armed Forces. They discussed potential new areas of cooperation, both at Service to Service level and at the joint level. They called for the continuation of existing defence dialogue mechanisms during the pandemic, at all levels, particularly the Military Cooperation Group (MCG). They also discussed the requirements of expanding deployments of liaison officers.

The two ministers expressed satisfaction that the agreement of BECA will be signed during the visit.  US Secretary of Defence welcomed Australia’s participation in the exercise MALABAR 2020.

Hon’ble Raksha Mantri elaborated upon the initiatives under the ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT to encourage investments in the defence industry in India and invited US companies to make avail of the liberalized policies and the favourable Defence Industry ecosystem in India.

The first two 2+2 Ministerial dialogues had been held in New Delhi in September 2018 and Washington DC in 2019.

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