US, India working 'hand in glove' to strengthen diplomatic, military relations ahead of '2+2' dialogue, says Washington

State Department official said that US and India are working together to strengthen diplomatic and military ties ahead of the 'two-plus-two' dialogue

Press Trust of India July 27, 2018 08:12:41 IST
US, India working 'hand in glove' to strengthen diplomatic, military relations ahead of '2+2' dialogue, says Washington

Washington: The US and India are working together "hand in glove" diplomatically and militarily to build dimensions of the critical bilateral relationship ahead of the "two-plus-two" dialogue, a State Department official has told American lawmakers.

During a Congressional hearing, Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, said the US is looking forward to the "two-plus-two" dialogue with India in New Delhi in September. She said she expects substantial progress will be made in the bilateral relationship during the dialogue.

US India working hand in glove to strengthen diplomatic military relations ahead of 22 dialogue says Washington

File image of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. AP

"On India, we're looking ahead to the 6 September two plus two and the joining of forces between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis to help define what is major defense partnership," Wells said, responding to a question from Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera. "We're working together hand in glove diplomatically and militarily to build out the dimensions of what Secretary Pompeo said is one of our most critical relationships," she added.

The September meet will be the first "two-plus-two" dialogue between India and the US. In June, the US had postponed the dialogue due to "unavoidable reasons".

The dialogue, a vehicle to elevate the strategic ties between the two countries, was announced in 2017 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with President Donald Trump. It has been reschedule at least twice since then.

Indication that the two countries are closer to signing the long-pending foundational agreements, Wells said, "We're going to be able to demonstrate both in terms of the progress we make on the agreements we can reach that will make it easier for US to share classified information and undertake logistical activities together."

The dialogue is expected to give meaning and definition to how major purchases and on-the-ground activities such as the Malabar Exercise can work together to secure the Indo-Pacific region, Wells said.

Congressman Bera said it was important for the US to continue sending the message that it sees India as a major defence ally and "incredibly important" in helping the US stabilize the strategic region.

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

US Election 2020: Joe Biden 'not good' for India, soft on China, says Donald Trump Jr
World

US Election 2020: Joe Biden 'not good' for India, soft on China, says Donald Trump Jr

'It is not just China, as they said China Inc with the Bidens, it as the Ukrainian, it was Russia and it was overwhelming because they know that he can be bought,' Trump Jr alleged

Donald Trump's tax records reveal China bank account, shed light on unsuccessful business pursuits
World

Donald Trump's tax records reveal China bank account, shed light on unsuccessful business pursuits

China is one of only three foreign nations — the others are Britain and Ireland — where Trump maintains a bank account, according to an analysis of the president’s tax records

Donald Trump is running the kind of presidential campaign he likes, but not one he needs
World

Donald Trump is running the kind of presidential campaign he likes, but not one he needs

Away from their candidate and the television cameras, some of Trump’s aides are quietly conceding just how dire his political predicament appears to be, and his inner circle has returned to a state of recriminations and backbiting