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India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden met virtually, as External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were in Washington for the fourth ‘2+2’ foreign and defence ministry dialogues with their U.S. counterparts.


GS II- International Relations

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Highlights of the Meeting
  2. ‘2+2’ Dialogue

Highlights of the Meeting

  • The war between Russia and Ukraine featured prominently in the opening remarks of both.
  • The two Leaders had an extensive exchange of views on several regional and global issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, global economic recovery, climate action, recent developments in South Asia and the Indo-Pacific region, and the situation in Ukraine.  
  • They also took stock of the significant progress made in bilateral relations in recent years.  
  • Both leaders agreed that further strengthening of the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership would be of tremendous benefit to the two countries, and would also contribute to global peace, prosperity and stability. 

‘2+2’ Dialogue

  • It’s a discussion format in which defence and foreign ministers or secretary meet with counterparts from other countries.
  • The 2+2 Ministerial is the two countries’ highest-level institutional framework.
  • India holds such talks with Australia and Japan as well.
  • This was India’s fourth 2+2 meeting (Washington), the first of which took place in New Delhi in September 2018.
  • US holds such ministerial dialogues with Australia and Japan also.

-Source: The Hindu, PIB

February 2024