US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will visit India for the 2+2 ministerial meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place on 26 and 27 October in New Delhi.
Before the meeting, a senior State Department official has said that the India-China situation along the Line of Actual Control will “certainly” and “probably” be discussed during the talks.
Both sides have expressed a desire to de-escalate violence: Dean Thompson
Dean Thompson, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretaries of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs was briefing reporters in Washington. He said, ‘Certainly, I think the situation on the Line of Actual Control will be – will probably be discussed at some point. We’re watching the situation closely. I think both sides have expressed a desire to de-escalate violence.
‘We’re in the process of finalizing a lot of the discussions right now, and so I know that BECA and other agreements are in the works. I’m not going to, I think, commit to anything right this minute, but we do expect to have several items highlighted as we go through the trip. There’s a lot happening in the relationship with India and with our other partners in the region.’
India and US have a comprehensive global strategic partnership: Anurag Srivastava
On the other hand, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said on Thursday, “The third ministerial dialogue will entail comprehensive cross-cutting bilateral issues of mutual interests. In addition, both sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues.”
He further said, ‘India and US have a comprehensive global strategic partnership which includes political, security and defense, economic, commercial, technology and people to people contacts. We have regular dialogue for various levels to discuss ongoing bilateral cooperation and to exchange views on developments in the region.’
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