US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin are scheduled to visit India for the India-US 2+2 ministerial dialogue, amidst ongoing international crises and challenges.
Participants and Schedule
- US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin will visit India for the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.
- Indian hosts include External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
- The meeting is scheduled for November 9-10, following Blinken’s visits to Tel Aviv, Amman, Tokyo, and Seoul.
Agenda and Discussion Topics
- The dialogue will cover a wide array of issues, including defence, nuclear policies, space cooperation, cyber security, visas, and health-related matters.
- Discussions will also focus on bilateral concerns and global developments in the Indo-Pacific region, considering the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and the Russia-Ukraine war.
India-US Relations Amidst Regional Challenges
- Both nations face challenges due to China’s assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
- India and China have been in a border standoff since May 2020, adding complexity to the regional dynamics.
- The US-China relationship remains tense, with recent high-level meetings aimed at maintaining open communication channels.
Previous Interactions and Future Plans
- Blinken previously visited India in March for the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in New Delhi.
- India invited US President Joe Biden for Republic Day celebrations, aligning with plans to host the Quad leaders’ summit in January.