India, US discuss Indo-Pacific, regional issues ahead of 2+2 talks


WASHINGTON: India and the US have discussed their rich defense partnership and opportunities to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific with like-minded partners as officials from both countries to lay the groundwork for the 2+2 key held a meeting. Ministerial talks later this year, the Pentagon has said.

The meeting was co-chaired by Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar and US Under Secretary of Defense Niti Colin Kahl on Friday, October 8, 2021.

The Pentagon said the 16th US-India Defense Policy Group meeting laid the foundation for an important 2+2 ministerial dialogue later this year, as the US and India opened a new chapter in the Major Defense Partnership.

Defense Department spokesman Lt Col Anton said, “The dialogue advances an ambitious set of bilateral priorities – including information-sharing, high-end maritime cooperation, logistics and defense trade – that flourished between the United States and India.” Defense refers to the relationship.” T Semmelroth.

He said US and Indian officials exchanged views on regional issues of common interest, including South Asia and the Indian Ocean region.

The official said they also discussed opportunities to enhance cooperation with like-minded partners to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Semmelroth said, “The leaders reinforced their commitment to deepen joint cooperation and interoperability between the US and Indian militaries to work together more seamlessly, including strengthening cooperation in new defense areas such as space and cyber.” “

The 2+2 talks between India and the US will be held in November this year, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said last month.

The last meeting of 2+2 was held in New Delhi and the next meeting is to be hosted by the US.

The talks take place between the foreign and defense ministers of both sides.

On September 24, US President Joe Biden hosted the first in-person summit of the Quad leaders, who vowed to strive for an Indo-Pacific region that is free, open, inclusive, anchored by democratic values ​​and unrestricted by coercion. Yes, sending a clear message. Message to China.

China claims sovereignty over the entire South China Sea.

Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei and Taiwan have counter-claims.

China is embroiled in heated territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea.

Beijing has built and militarized many of the islands and reefs it controls in the region.

Both regions are said to be rich in minerals, oil and other natural resources and are also important for global trade.

At the invitation of President Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterparts Scott Morrison from Australia and Yoshihide Suga from Japan attended the first in-person quad summit, during which they announced a number of new initiatives to address common challenges , Assertive China in the Strategic Zone between Muscle Flexibility.

In 2016, the United States designated India as a major defense partner.

In line with this designation, in 2018, India was granted Strategic Trade Authority Tier 1 status, which allows India to have license-free access to a wide range of military and dual-use technologies regulated by the Department of Commerce.

US-India defense trade cooperation continues to expand with the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement, Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement and Industrial Security Agreement.

According to the State Department, the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs supported an increase in total defense trade with India from almost zero in 2008 to over USD 20 billion in 2020.

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