India and US held a crucial strategic and defence dialogue in new Delhi. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and secretary of defence Mark Esper met foreign minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and defence minister Rajnath Singh for the 3rd 2+2 dialogue.
The two sides inked 5 agreements, including the important pact on sharing geo-spatial intelligence called the Basic Exchange and Co-operation Agreement. Clearly the focus was on countering China's aggression in South China Sea and in Eastern Ladakh. Both sides spent a substantial amount of time discussing how to deepen co-operation in the Indo-Pacific.
Mike Pompeo said US stands with India in its efforts to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty and CCP was no friend of rule law.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said that for a multi-polar world it's very important to have a multi-polar Asia. The two sides also discussed pandemic co-operation in great detail and the ICMR and US National Institute of Infectious Diseases are likely to sign an MoU on COVID research.
To decode the India-US relationship and the pacts signed at the meeting, Parikshit Luthra spoke to Navtej Sarna Former Indian Envoy to US, Admiral (Retd) A Prakash Former Chief of Naval Staff, Richard Rossow Senior Advisor at CSIS and Jeff Smith Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation.Watch video to know more.