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India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Context:

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.

Relevance:

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

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