The Trump administration recognises the opportunity to grow the US-India strategic partnership, deepen security relationship, broaden friendship and ensure a more safe, secure, prosperous and free Indo-Pacific region, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.
Mattis and Pompeo arrived in New Delhi separately for the inaugural India-US 2+2 Dialogue being hosted by their Indian counterparts Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Before landing in New Delhi, Mattis told the travelling press that he and Pompeo will also meet Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval to reinforce their appreciation for India’s role in regional and global security framework. “And thank Prime Minister Modi for his personal leadership in enhancing US-India relations,” Mattis said.
During the 2+2 Dialogue, officials from India and the US look forward to discussing diplomatic and security issues. “For my part, we’ll certainly be looking at how do we counter terrorism, increasing defence innovation. In both countries, they have a strong technological bent in India, so this two-way street, not a one-way. We are all, of course, looking for how can we enhance stability in South Asia,” he said. Creating greater maritime security, considering the ocean that the Indian subcontinent faces, that will be something that is in the best interest of all the nations of the world that want to increase prosperity and the free trafficking of goods, Mattis said.
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