Washington (USA) : The US and India will continue to build an ambitious plan in bilateral defense partnership, bound by shared values ​​and a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region, the Pentagon said on Thursday. The Pentagon made the remarks ahead of the 4th Ministerial Dialogue on April 11, 2+2, in which Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken will host Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. The Pentagon said that the United States and India will continue to chart an ambitious course in the bilateral defense partnership, bound by shared values ​​and a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

The Pentagon said the 2+2 ministerial since its inception in 2018 has allowed the United States and India to work toward building an advanced, comprehensive defense partnership that is ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. . This year’s 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue will span the full breadth of partnerships, including defence, science and technology cooperation, climate, public health and people-to-people relations.

According to the State Department, this year’s event will celebrate 75 years of diplomatic ties and reaffirm the importance of the US-India comprehensive and global strategic partnership in ensuring international peace and security. It will reaffirm our shared commitment to a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. The 2+2 Ministerial is an important opportunity to advance shared objectives across the breadth of the United States-India Strategic Partnership, including enhancing people-to-people ties and education cooperation, providing diverse and resilient supply chains for critical and emerging technology. includes construction. It will also aim to develop climate action and public health cooperation and trade and investment partnerships to increase prosperity for working families in both countries.

It is also a chance to highlight the growing major defense partnership between the United States and India. Relations between the world’s largest democracies are based on a foundation of common values ​​and resilient democratic institutions, and on the shared Indo-Pacific interests of a rules-based international order that protects sovereignty and territorial integrity, upholds human rights and territorial integrity. and promotes global peace. and prosperity, the State Department said.