In a significant diplomatic engagement, top officials from the United States Department of Defense and the United States Department of State co-chaired the seventh 2+2 Intersessional Dialogue alongside their Indian counterparts. This meeting served as a crucial forum for discussing and advancing the multifaceted relationship between the two nations.
Amid the discussions one of the central themes of the discussion was the critical importance of maintaining security in the Indo-Pacific region. This underscores the shared commitment of both nations to ensuring stability and safety in this strategically significant part of the world.
The Pentagon, in its statement, highlighted the collaborative and cooperative nature of the dialogue, emphasizing the significance of such high-level exchanges between the United States and India. These dialogues serve as a platform for addressing key regional and global issues, further strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
The US Department of Defense reported that they assessed the progress in implementing key bilateral initiatives on information-sharing, defense industrial cooperation, and joint service engagements during the dialogue.
Co-chairing the dialogue were Ely Ratner, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, and Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs. They were joined by Additional Secretary Vani Rao from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Joint Secretary Vishwesh Negi from the Indian Ministry of Defense.
Department of Defense spokesperson John Supple confirmed the participation of these officials from both sides, underscoring the strategic significance of the dialogue and the shared commitment to advancing cooperation across vital areas.
The officials emphasized the growing momentum in US-India relations. They stressed that a robust US-India partnership is vital for maintaining security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, according to Assistant Secretary Ratner. Ratner also reiterated the Department's dedication to collaborating with India to promote our mutual goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific.
"It was terrific to co-chair today's U.S.-India 2+2 Intersessional Dialogue, where we reviewed the progress we've made on ambitious initiatives across the Major Defense Partnership," posted Ratner on X.
The 2+2 Intersessional Dialogue marked significant progress in various ambitious initiatives within the broad spectrum of the US-India partnership. These initiatives encompassed diverse areas such as defense and security, emerging technologies, people-to-people connections, clean energy, and supply chain resilience.
In the realm of defense, Assistant Secretary Ratner and his counterparts conducted a comprehensive review of the advancements achieved by both nations in implementing the Roadmap for US-India Defense Industrial Cooperation. Notably, they expressed satisfaction with the progress made in new co-production initiatives. Furthermore, there was a commitment to promptly finalize negotiations concerning the Security of Supply Arrangements and Reciprocal Defense Procurement agreements.
The discussions also delved into opportunities for strengthening interoperability and logistics cooperation. This included joint maritime engagements in the Indian Ocean region and expanded collaboration in the domains of space and cybersecurity. The officials additionally addressed regional security developments and strategic priorities across the vast Indo-Pacific region. These deliberations underscored the multifaceted nature of the US-India partnership and its growing significance on the global stage.
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