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US postpones 2+2 dialogue with India

Published on June 30, 2018
The inaugral dialogue hits a bump on the diplomatic road !
United States of America (US) has postponed its inaugural 2+2 dialogue with India which was scheduled to be held on July 6, 2018 in Washington DC, citing “unavoidable reasons”.

Whats next?

  • Both countries are now identifying new mutually convenient dates to hold dialogue at the earliest, either in India or in US.
  • It must be noted that this is the third time that 2+2 dialogue has been postponed in the last six months.

About the India-US 2+2 Dialogue

  • India-US 2+2 Dialogue format was agreed to between two countries during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to US in June 2017.
  • It was aimed at replacing earlier India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.
  • It is aimed at enhancing strategic coordination between both countries and maintaining peace and stability in Indo-Pacific region.
  • It puts strategic, defence and security relationship between the two countries at the forefront and centre stage.
  • It insulates India-US strategic relationship from feuds over trade issues and deep divide on economic integration policies as trade and commercial issues that collided with strategic relationship between both countries’ discussed in Strategic and Commercial Dialogue earlier.
  • It is similar to India-Japan 2+2 dialogue format between foreign and defence secretaries of the two countries.

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