Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Thursday stated that there was a sense of satisfaction that the partnership between India and the United States had grown in every domain during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.
“The discussions (during third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue) covered various elements of our bilateral partnership, and there was a sense of satisfaction that our partnership has grown in virtually every domain including trade, energy, defence and education. We are also engaging more intensively on matters of national security and both sides are working more closely on multilateral formats,” said Srivastava at his weekly media briefing.
The MEA spokesperson mentioned that the format of the 2+2 dialogue was reflective of a comprehensive strategic global partnership India had with the US, under which a range of foreign policy issues, including regional and global issues of mutual interest, were discussed.
“One important focus of discussions was the Indo-Pacific region, and there was a reiteration that both sides, who felt that this stability and prosperity was important for all in this region. We also discussed cooperation in multilateral platforms particularly in the context of India entering the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as a non-permanent member with effect from January 1, 2021,” Mr Srivastava said.
He also said that the ministers sought for global economic recovery and the need was felt to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic more resilient than ever.