In national capital to attend the crucial two plus two strategic dialog with Indian counter parts, the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis made great headways.
The focus of the talks is to deepen the strategic relationship and resolve issues related to India’s engagement with Russia and Iran.
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dunford is also part of the US delegation in India.
India and US have now signed in the crucial COMCASA agreement that had been a sticking point for past many years.
With the signing of COMCASA or Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement, India will have access to advanced encrypted technology for the defence sector.
The US had designated India as a ‘Major Defence Partner’ in 2016
MEA Sushma Swaraj said that the two sides have also agreed to open hotline.
India’s defence ties with Russia and oil trade with Iran will not be the prime agenda of the ‘2+ 2’ dialogue, Pompeo indicated before his arrival in New Delhi.
Both India and US are wary of Beijing’s intentions and the increasing movement of its naval vessels in Indo-Pacific region – a potential agreement for co-ordination in Indo-Pacific region is also on the cards.
The Indian side will also sensitise the American side the importance of the Rs 40,000 crore S-400 Triumf missile defence system for India’s security.
Swaraj expressed confidence that the discussions and decisions taken today will help unleash the “untapped potential” of the India-US partnership and will further elevate the level of the partnership. >