Jakarta: United States (US) Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met on Monday with Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar ahead of the US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi, India.
Secretary Pompeo and Minister Jaishankar welcomed this third U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in just over two years as a symbol of the strong partnership between the United States and India.
From addressing the shared challenges of covid-19 and responding to regional security issues, to collaborating on vaccine development and economic prosperity, the Secretary and the Minister agreed that the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership is critical to the security and prosperity of both countries, the Indo-Pacific region, and the world.
Secretary Pompeo welcomed India’s upcoming term on the UN Security Council and the opportunity for the United States and India to work closely together on issues of mutual and global concern.
"Both leaders looked forward to additional opportunities to further strengthen the U.S.-India partnership," said US Department of State's Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown in a press release issued on Monday.
Secretary Pompeo will travel to New Delhi, India; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Malé, Maldives; and Jakarta, Indonesia October 25–30.
In New Delhi, Secretary Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and their Indian counterparts will lead the third annual U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue to advance the U.S.-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and expand cooperation to promote stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world.
Secretary Pompeo will travel to Colombo to underscore the commitment of the United States to a partnership with a strong, sovereign Sri Lanka and to advance our common goals for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
Thereafter, Secretary Pompeo will travel to Malé to reaffirm our close bilateral relationship and advance our partnership on issues ranging from regional maritime security to the fight against terrorism.
The Secretary will travel to Jakarta to deliver public remarks and meet with his Indonesian counterparts to affirm the two countries’ vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific.