The forthcoming 2+2 India-US deliberations: Here’s what to look forward

By financial express

There is a prevalent view amongst the experts that Joseph Biden-Kamala Harris winning the US elections may not be in the best interest of India. This is not to say that Donald Trump’s India policies have been music to India’s ear for the last four years.

In fact, his erratic approach towards handling foreign policy always raises a question mark about his intentions. His approach towards handling H-1B and H-4 (spousal visas) issues is a case in point. However, when it comes to addressing issues related to Indo-US strategic partnership, possibly Trump has an edge in the present context.

Probably, that is why just a week before going to the elections in the US, the 2+2 dialogue, between the defence and foreign ministers of India and the US would be held on October 26-27, 2020 in New Delhi. This mechanism began during 2018 and the 2020 dialogue would be the third such dialogue.

The 2+2 dialogue is an important institutional mechanism between India and the US dealing with the foreign policy, defence and strategic issues. Here external affairs and defence ministers of both the countries undertake extensive discussions and make policy formulations.

Actually, before the US, it is Japan which has been an important proponent of this idea in the Indian context. For long Japan has been following this dialogue structure with the states like the US, France, Russia and Australia.

It has similar arrangements with India for a decade. Realising the strength of such dialogue mechanisms India has established similar dialogues with the US and Australia.

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