India and the United States held a bilateral 2+2 Inter-Sessional Meeting at the official level yesterday in Washington DC. They reviewed progress made since the last 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in October last year and preparations for the forthcoming dialogue later this year. The Indian delegation was led jointly by Joint Secretary (America) in the Ministry of External Affairs Vani Rao and Joint Secretary (International Cooperation) in the Ministry of Defence Somnath Ghosh. The U.S. delegation was led by Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Affairs Dr. Ely Ratner alongside Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs in the Department of State Ervin Massinga.
Both the sides took stock of the progress and developments in the bilateral agenda under the India-US strategic partnership, including defence, global public health, economic and commercial cooperation, science and technology, clean energy and climate finance and people to people ties. They explored opportunities for enhancing ongoing cooperation in these fields based on mutual interests. Cooperation in contemporary areas such as space, cyber security and emerging technologies was also discussed.
The officials had an opportunity to exchange assessments about recent developments in South Asia, the Indo-Pacific region and Western Indian Ocean, given their shared vision for peace, stability and prosperity and for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. They also considered possibility of enhancing collaboration in areas of counter terrorism, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief HADR and maritime security.
The two sides agreed to continue these discussions ahead of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue scheduled for later this year.