US secretary of state Mike Pompeo, defence secretary Mark Esper arrive in India for 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper on Monday arrived in India for the 3rd 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue.

The dialogue will be held on Tuesday.

“US Sec. of State @SecPompeo arrives for the 3rd 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. He is joined by Sec. of Defence @EsperDoD,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), India said in a tweet.

“EAM @DrSJaishankar & RM @rajnathsingh will lead the Indian side for this Dialogue tomorrow which has been significant in propelling India-US ties forward,” MEA added.

Before leaving for India, Pompeo in a tweet said, “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.”

On October 21, Pompeo had said, “Looking forward to my upcoming trip to India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia, for productive conversations with our friends and partners, and the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with @EsperDoD and our Indian counterparts.”