Destiny Of India-US Two-Plus-Two Dialogue Hangs In Steadiness

Fate Of India-US Two-Plus-Two Dialogue Hangs In Balance

The dialogue entails Exterior Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the US counterparts. (File)

Washington:  The India-US two-plus-two dialogue might be among the many first main bilateral engagements of Mike Pompeo because the Secretary of State subsequent month, if the CIA Director is confirmed as America’s prime diplomat by the Senate in subsequent few weeks.

The launch of the dialogue was introduced final summer season when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a profitable assembly with US President Donald Trump on the White Home.

The dialogue entails Exterior Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts.

Trump yesterday fired Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and nominated Pompeo as his substitute.

Pompeo must be confirmed by the Senate earlier than he can occupy the Foggy Backside headquarters of the State Division.

Earlier than leaving for Africa, Tillerson had issued particular course on the two-plus-two dialogue, which for all sensible functions was scheduled for round mid-April in Washington DC. Nonetheless, a proper announcement has not but been made.

A high-level Indian delegation led by International Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Protection Secretary G Mohan Kumar have been scheduled to be in US for a sequence of preparatory conferences with their American counterparts for the subsequent month’s dialogue.

The State Division and the Indian Embassy in Washington DC didn’t reply to a sequence of questions on the destiny of those conferences this week within the wake of the president’s determination to fireplace Tillerson.Given the fast-paced developments in Washington DC and Trump’s deal with getting ready his assembly with North Korean chief Kim Jong-un earlier than Might, it is rather nicely attainable that the two-plus-two dialogue might be postponed for later this 12 months, even when Pompeo is confirmed within the subsequent few weeks, in response to sources.

Nonetheless, given the importance Trump attaches to India, it will be a tricky name to vary the dates of the maiden India-US two plus two dialogue, they mentioned.

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