India and the US on Friday held a bilateral 2+2 inter-sessional assembly on the official degree throughout which the 2 sides exchanged views about regional developments and agreed to pursue their quest for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
At the assembly held nearly, the Indian delegation was led collectively by Vani Rao, Joint Secretary (Americas) within the Ministry of External Affairs, and Somnath Ghosh, Joint Secretary (International Cooperation) within the Ministry of Defence.
The US delegation was led collectively by Dean Thompson, Senior Bureau Official, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs within the US Department of State, and David Helvey, Acting Assistant Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs within the US Department of Defense.
Both sides reviewed the progress and developments in bilateral ties in defence, safety, and international coverage areas for the reason that final 2+2 ministerial assembly held on December 18, 2019 in Washington DC, the Ministry of External Affairs stated in a press release.
They explored alternatives for enhancing ongoing cooperation in these fields primarily based on mutual curiosity, the MEA stated.
“They also exchanged views about regional developments, and agreed to pursue their quest for a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” the assertion stated.
The inter-sessional assembly mechanism was arrange pursuant to the 2+2 ministerial.
The two sides agreed to proceed these discussions sooner or later, MEA stated.
The assembly comes amid a border standoff between India and China in japanese Ladakh.
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