Washington, Sep 2 (PTI) The Pentagon on Thursday said that ahead of the 2+2 talks later this month, senior officials of India and the US exchanged views on a range of regional issues of common interest and the two countries During the Joint Secretary level meeting here on Wednesday, the officials exchanged views on a number of regional issues of common interest, including South Asia, West Asia and the Western Indian Ocean. and maritime security, regional connectivity, counter-terrorism and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief
The fifth US-India 2+2 Intersessional Dialogue is co-chaired by Dr. Eli Ratner, US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs, Erwin Masinga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Somnath Ghosh, Joint Secretary, Indian Ministry of Defense and Joint Secretary (Indian Ministry of External Affairs) Vani Rao.
“The dialogue included a US-India comprehensive global strategic partnership including climate, public health, defence, trade, technology and governance,” Defense Department spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Martin Miners said.
He said that with several defense enabling agreements, officials are committed to greater inter-operability between the US and Indian forces.
They also discussed bilateral and multilateral joint service engagements as well as ways to advance cooperation in new areas such as space, cyber and emerging technology sectors.
Meiners said the discussions helped drive progress towards driving key bilateral initiatives on information-sharing, logistics, defense industrial cooperation and joint principle engagement.
Intersessional laid the foundation for a fruitful 2+2 ministerial dialogue in the coming months, as the US and India work together to maintain a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.
“Ratner expressed confidence that the United States and India will continue to take their partnership to new heights as they jointly face the challenges of this century,” Meiners said.