New Delhi: On the conclusion of the 3rd India-US 2+2 Ministerial meeting on Tuesday 27 October 2020, India’s External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar said the latest round of dialogue was not only to advance our own interests but to ensure that our bilateral cooperation makes a positive contribution in the world arena. We are also committed to addressing together global issues ranging from Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) situations to maritime security and counter-terrorism.
Besides Jaishankar, India-US 2+2 Ministerial meeting was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the U.S. Secretaries of State and Defense, Michael R. Pompeo and Mark T. Esper.
The India-US 2+2 dialogue format is reflective of our Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, the Minister underscored.
Our national security convergences have obviously grown in a more multi-polar world, Dr Jaishankar said adding today’s dialogue was not only to advance our own interests but to ensure that our bilateral cooperation makes a positive contribution in the world arena. We are also committed to addressing together global issues ranging from HADR situations to maritime security and counter-terrorism.
The discussions also covered developments in India’s neighbouring countries and from the Indian side, it was made clear that cross-border terrorism is completely unacceptable. On Afghanistan, India’s stakes in its security and stability are evident, as is India’s willingness to contribute to international efforts to that end.
Jaishankar said that the Indo-Pacific region was a particular focus of talks. From the Indian side, the importance of peace, stability and prosperity for all countries in this region was reiterated. It was particularly pointed out by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh that this is possible only by upholding the rules based international order, ensuring the freedom of navigation in the international seas, promoting open connectivity and respecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states. A multi-polar world must have a multi-polar Asia as its basis, it was emphasised.
The MEA also observed that the performance of bilateral relationship between India and the US in the last few years has been exceptionally positive. Political consultations and cooperation have grown, defence exchanges and trade too, economic interactions and commerce are up, the partnership in science, technology and innovation is stronger and our energy security clearly enhanced. The unique people-to-people contacts that defines this relationship remains vibrant, whether in the flow of talent, in education or in tourism.
Today, Jaishankar said “our collaboration concentrates more on the domains of vaccine and testing that are so central to the return of normalcy. We are also committed to creating more trusted and resilient global supply chains. An India that is now focussed on recovery, resilience and reform welcomes an expanded partnership with the United States”.
Further, the Minister stated, India enters the UN Security Council on 1st of January 2021 as a non-permanent member. We look forward to working with the United States there, as in other multilateral platforms.
Jaishankar met Secretary Pompeo on Monday to discuss range of foreign policy issues.
Significantly India and the US have signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA). This agreement has been signed between the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Defense of United Sates of America. With the signing of this agreement, those in knowledgeable circles have pointed out that ISRO’s military satellite programme would now come to a screeching halt.
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Documents announced during the 3rd India – US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
October 27, 2020
|Sl.No.||Name of the document||Signed by|
|1.||Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) between the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Defense of United Sates of America.||Indian side:|
Ministry of Defence of India
National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), Department of Defense of USA
|2.||Memorandum of Understanding for Technical Cooperation in Earth Observations and Earth Sciences between the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) of the Republic of India and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States of America||Indian side:|
Ministry of Earth Sciences of India
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of USA
|3.||Arrangement extending the duration of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of India and the Government of United States of America concerning cooperation with the Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership, India.||India side:|
Government of India
Government of USA
|4.||Agreement for the Electronic Exchange of Customs Data between the Postal Operators (India Post, Government of India and United States Postal Service, the United States of America)||Indian side:|
Department of Posts (India Post) of India
United States Postal Service of USA
|5.||Letter of Intent between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences, New Delhi, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy, Government of the Republic of India and the Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Government of the United States of America for cooperation in the field of Ayurveda and Cancer Research||Indian side:|
Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy of India
Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health of USA