India & US review the progress, development of bilateral relations

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India and the United States reviewed the progress and development of bilateral relations in cross-cutting defence, security, and foreign policy areas in the two plus two intersessional meetings. The two countries explored further possibilities of cooperation in these fields based on common interest.

They also discussed regional developments and agreed to pursue their quest for a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific. The meeting took place in Monterey, California.

The Indian delegation was led jointly by Joint Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs Gourangalal Das and Joint Secretary in Ministry of Defence V. Anandarajan.

The U.S. delegation was led jointly by Ambassador Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs.

The inaugural 22 Ministerial meeting was held in New Delhi in September last year. The Intersessional meeting mechanism was set up pursuant to the 22 Ministerial. The two sides agreed to carry forward these discussions. (AIR NEWS)

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