New Delhi [India], October 26: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper will arrive in India for the third India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue on Tuesday that focuses on a Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and expansion in cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the India-Pacific and the world.

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

The Indian side will be represented by the Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The holding of the third US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue demonstrates the high-level commitment the two countries provide to shared diplomatic and security objectives, US State Department said on Sunday.

Taking to Twitter, Pompeo said, “Wheels up for my trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia.

Grateful for the opportunity to connect with our partners to promote a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific composed of independent, strong, and prosperous nations.”

The India-US 2+2 talks will focus on four themes — regional security cooperation, defense information sharing, military-to-military interactions, and defense trade, said the US State Department on Friday.

Washington has been ramping up diplomatic pressure on China, and President Donald Trump has focussed on Beijing which a key part of his campaign to secure a second term. US presidential elections will take place on Nov 3.

Earlier this month US state secretary Pompeo met with his counterparts from Japan, Australia and India at the ‘Quad’ meeting in Tokyo.

Next month, India will host ‘Malabar’ naval exercise involving the United States, Japan, Australia, an exercise which China has opposed in the past.

(With inputs from Agencies)


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