The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper arrive in India on Monday for the third edition of the two-plus-two ministerial dialogue to be held on 27 October. The Indian side at the talks will be represented by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
The ministerial dialogue will focus on a Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and expansion in cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the India-Pacific and the world. The new framework of the ministerial dialogue was initiated in order to provide a forward-looking vision for the strategic partnership between India and the US.
Last week, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said the talks will entail a comprehensive discussion on cross-cutting bilateral issues as well as deliberations on regional and global developments. Pompeo and Esper will have bilateral meetings with their Indian counterparts as well. They are also scheduled to make a joint call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.