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Sep 05, 2018
9:41PM

US Secretary of State, Defence Secretary arrive in New Delhi to attend 2 plus 2 dialogue between India & US tomorrow

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US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has arrived in New Delhi to attend the 2 plus 2 dialogue between India and the United States on Thursday.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj received Mr Pompeo on his arrival Wednesday evening.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has also arrived in New Delhi to attend the dialogue. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman received Mr Mattis on his arrival.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold the dialogue with Mr Pompeo and Mr Mattis in New Delhi on Thursday.

Mr Pompeo and Mr Mattis will also jointly call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Issues like enhancing trade, ways to counter terrorism and India's concerns over the Trump administration's decision to make changes in the H1B visa programme are expected to figure in the dialogue.

On Tuesday, sources said that US sanctions on the import of Iranian crude oil and boosting cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region will also be the focus of the talks.

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