In pics: Mike Pompeo arrives in India for 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife Susan arrived in the national capital on Monday

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and his wife Susan disembark from an aircraft upon their arrival at the airport in New Delhi

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Esper arrived India on Monday for a two-day visit . The visit comes a week ahead of the US presidential election on November 3.

Pompeo is in India to participate in the third India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue on Tuesday

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, arrives at the airport in New Delhi

The talks are taking place at a time India is engaged in a bitter border row with China, and the issue is expected to figure in the deliberations.

The two sides will focus on further boosting overall defence and security ties

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US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and his wife being welcomed by US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster on their arrival

The holding of the third US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue demonstrates the high-level commitment between the two countries, which share diplomatic and security objectives, US State Department said on Sunday. "Wheels up for my trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia. Grateful for the opportunity to connect with our partners to promote a shared vision for a free and open #IndoPacific composed of independent, strong, and prosperous nations," Pompeo tweeted.

Talks will focus on four themes

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US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo being welcomed by officials on his arrival in New Delhi

The India-US 2+2 talks will focus on four themes -- regional security cooperation, defence information sharing, military-to-military interaction, and defence trade, said the US State Department on Friday. The first two 2+2 Ministerial dialogues had been held in New Delhi in September 2018 and Washington DC in 2019.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds talks with his US counterpart

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh receives US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper at South Block lawns in New Delhi

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Mark T Esper held extensive talks on Monday, covering various aspects of fast expanding defence and strategic ties, including ways to further deepen military-to-military cooperation, between the two countries.It is expected that the two sides may finalise the long-pending BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement) agreement to further boost bilateral defence ties. The BECA will provide for sharing of high-end military technology, logistics and geospatial maps between the two countries.


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