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2+2 Dialogue: US, India Signs Defence Agreements, United Against Terrorism, Will Continue Bilateral Talks

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| September 6 , 2018 , 18:00 IST

In the first 2+2 dialogue between the US and India on Thursday, both the countries have discussed key issues and signed defence agreements including entry of India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA).

At the meeting, External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman were present with US secretary of state Michael R Pompeo and defence Secretary James Mattis to hold the 2+2 talks between both the countries.

After the meeting in a combined media briefing, Swaraj said, “We welcome President Donald Trump's policy on Afghanistan. We are working together in the fight against terror.

While Sitharaman asserted that, “The signing of COMCASA will enable India to access advanced technologies from the USA.”

The COMCASA agreement will facilitate India to obtain critical technologies from the USA.

Swaraj also said, “We welcome United States' recent designation of terrorists as a part of Lashkar-e-Taiba. These listing are based on terrorism that is flourishing in Pakistan, which has equally affected India, the US and the world.

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On the other hand, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “We'll be meeting PM Modi on how to advance relationship in the new era of growth under his leadership and President Donald Trump. We had many productive and forward-thinking conversations on our bilateral relationship and our shared future.

While recognizing both the countries are strategic partners, major and independent stakeholders in world affairs, the Ministers committed to work together on regional and global issues, including in bilateral, trilateral, and quadrilateral formats.

The Ministers also reaffirmed the strategic importance of India’s designation as a Major Defence Partner (MDP) of the United States and committed to expand the scope and take mutually agreed upon steps to strengthen defence ties further.