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India and the United States reaffirm their commitment to regional stability

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The United States and India reaffirmed their commitment to enhance regional stability and rule of law during the fourth 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held in Washington last night. The Indian delegation was led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar. Among the US delegation was Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

  India and the United States reaffirm their commitment to regional stabilityBoth sides participated in the dialogue, which provided a platform for a comprehensive review of cross-cutting issues in the India-US bilateral agenda related to Foreign Policy, Defense, and Security. After the talks, Rajnath Singh spoke to the media and thanked both Secretaries and their delegations for a great interaction and appreciated their commitment to bilateral relationships between the US and India. There was an in-depth conversation which will maintain and expand momentum between the US and India.

The world’s two largest democracies share the same viewpoint on almost all world issues, he said, and that is great. The meeting also covered assessments of the Indian Ocean region and its neighbors. The Minister of Defence said the issue of terrorism being used as a tool of statecraft against India was also discussed. A Space Situational Awareness agreement has been finalized between the Indian Space Research Organization and the US Department of Defence.

There has also been an agreement on Defence Space and Defence Artificial Intelligence dialogues. It is intended for the scope and depth of the India-US military engagements to be expanded through many other initiatives and agreements currently in the discussion phase. According to the Minister of Defence, Indian-Central US military exercises have increased despite the pandemic. Both sides discussed further cooperation in the field of defence cyber and special forces, including the LEMOA, Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement.

Speaking to the media, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said the meeting took place at a time when the global audience is faced with multiple challenges and stresses. As part of the meeting with Secretary Blinken, he discussed the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and its ramifications. Even far-off countries worry about energy and food security, commodity prices, and logistics disruption. India purchases some energy from Russia to support its energy security. In contrast, India’s purchases for a month would be less than what Europe purchases in an afternoon.

According to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, India has to make its own decisions in regards to how it will address the Ukraine issue. There is a need for all countries, particularly those with leverage, to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war.

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