India to host third edition of two-plus-two talks with US on 27 October, says MEA

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and defence secretary Mark T Esper will represent the US while the Indian side will be represented by external affairs minister S Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh

Press Trust of India October 21, 2020 23:37:38 IST
India to host third edition of two-plus-two talks with US on 27 October, says MEA

File image of S Jaishankar and Mike Pompeo. PTI

New Delhi: India will host the third edition of the two-plus-two ministerial dialogue with the US on 27 October, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Wednesday.

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper will visit India on 26 and 27 October for the talks, it said.

The Indian side at the talks will be represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The first two-plus-two dialogue was held in Delhi in September 2018 after the mechanism was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Donald Trump. The second edition of the dialogue took place in Washington in December last year.

The new framework of the ministerial dialogue was initiated in order to provide a forward-looking vision for the strategic partnership between the two countries.

In the third edition of talks, both sides are also expected to discuss the situation in the Indo-Pacific region as well as in India's neighbourhood besides key bilateral issues.

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