US Postpones High-Level Dialogue With India Due To "Unavoidable Reasons"

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and expressed regret over the dialogue postponement, foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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US Postpones High-Level Dialogue With India Due To 'Unavoidable Reasons'

US and India agreed to identify new mutually convenient dates to hold the dialogue at the earliest.


New Delhi: 

Highlights

  1. Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman were to travel to the US
  2. The US has postponed a dialogue with India
  3. This new dialogue format was agreed upon in June 2017

The US on Wednesday conveyed to India that it has postponed the '2+2 dialogue', scheduled to be held next week in Washington, due to "unavoidable reasons".

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were to travel to the US to take part in the meeting with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis on July 6.

"US @SecPompeo sought EAM @SushmaSwaraj understanding, and they agreed to identify new mutually convenient dates to hold the Dialogue at the earliest, in India or the US. 2/2," he said in another tweet.

This new dialogue format was agreed upon between the two sides during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington in June 2017.

After June last year, the two countries have tried to schedule the dialogue many times with several dates having been considered.

Earlier this year also, the '2+2 dialogue' had been postponed due to uncertainty over the confirmation of Michael Pompeo as President Donald Trump's new Secretary of State. Michael Pompeo was later confirmed as Secretary of State in April.

The dialogue is seen as a vehicle to elevate the strategic relationship between the two countries.

The meeting was expected to focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defence cooperation. 



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