Washington DC, August 22: The US defence department officials are slated to hold official two-day inter-sessional talks with the defence officials from India from Thursday to bolster cooperation in bilateral maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, as per the US department of state statements.
According to ANI news reports, the United States delegation will be headed Alice Wells, acting assistant secretary for south and central Asian affairs, and assistant secretary of defence for Indo-Pacific affairs Randall Schriver, who will make an official visit to California, scheduled from August 21-23, “for engagements with Indian government officials on strengthening our strategic partnership”.
In an official statement, the state department said, “On August 22, Acting Assistant Secretary Wells and Assistant Secretary of Defence Schriver will co-host their Indian counterparts for an inter-sessional meeting of the US-India 2+2 dialogue.”
The statement further read, “During the Inter-sessional, the two sides will discuss ways to advance cooperation on critical-diplomatic and security priorities, including our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and review preparations for the next 2+2 ministerial dialogues.”
In the mean time, Schriver and Wells on August 23 will co-chair their Indian counterpart for the “fourth US-India Maritime Security Dialogue, in which the two sides will exchange views on maritime developments in the Indo-Pacific region and consider steps to further strengthen bilateral maritime security cooperation”.
Both the maritime security dialogue and 2 plus 2 inter-sessional meeting are slated to be held in Washington DC at California’s Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.