Published: August 7, 2020 8:11:01 am
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo have spoken over telephone and mentioned the bilateral and multilateral cooperation on problems with worldwide concern, together with efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and the Indo-Pacific area, a senior US official has mentioned.
The two leaders reiterated the energy of the India-US relationship to advance peace, prosperity, and safety within the Indo-Pacific and across the globe, Cale Brown, Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the State Department mentioned on Thursday.
India and the US have explored methods to spice up cooperation within the resource-rich Indo-Pacific area the place China has been attempting to unfold its affect. The challenge was mentioned extensively through the third spherical of the India-US Maritime Security Dialogue which befell in Goa in 2018.
The US has been pushing for a broader position by India within the strategically vital Indo-Pacific area.
India, the US and several other different world powers have been speaking about the necessity to guarantee a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific within the backdrop of China’s rising army maneuvering within the area.
“Both leaders agreed to proceed shut cooperation on a full vary of regional and worldwide points and stay up for Quadrilateral consultations and the US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this yr,” Brown mentioned.
In November 2017, India, the US, Australia and Japan had given form to the long-pending Quadrilateral coalition to develop a brand new technique to hold the essential sea routes within the Indo-Pacific freed from Chinese affect.
The first 2+2 dialogue was held in New Delhi in September 2018 after the mechanism was accepted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.
During the decision, Jaishankar and Pompeo mentioned the continuing bilateral and multilateral cooperation on problems with worldwide concern, together with efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, help the peace course of in Afghanistan, and deal with latest destabilising actions within the area, Brown mentioned in a readout of the telephonic dialog.
The two leaders have been in common communication through the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 7 lakh lives and contaminated almost 19 million individuals worldwide.
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