New Delhi: Addressing the India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue, US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday said that the bilateral meeting is taking place at a time of great momentum. Austin, in his remarks, said in the face of urgent global challenges, it is more important than ever that the world's two largest democracies exchange views, find common goals and "deliver for our people".
Lloyd Austin further said that the increasingly strong Indi-US ties give hope for the future of the partnership and the common efforts from both the countries towards a more secure world.
As part of the 2+2 ministerial and diplomatic dialogue, India and the US held extensive deliberations to further expand their global strategic partnership, enhancing engagement in the Indo-Pacific and boosting cooperation in key areas such as critical minerals and high-technology. The US delegation was led by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh headed the Indian side.
EAM S Jaishankar said that the India-US dialogue held in Delhi today will be an opportunity to advance the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden to build a forward looking partnership and construct a shared global agenda.