US postpones 2+2 dialogue with India
United States of America (US) has postponed its inaugural 2+2 dialogue with India which was scheduled to be held on July 6, 2018 in Washington DC, citing “unavoidable reasons”. Both countries are now identifying new mutually convenient dates to hold dialogue at the earliest, either in India or in US. This is third time that 2+2 dialogue has been postponed in the last six months.
India-US 2+2 Dialogue
India-US 2+2 Dialogue format was agreed to between two countries during visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to US in June, 2017. It was aimed at replacing earlier India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. It is aimed enhancing strategic coordination between both countries and maintaining peace and stability in Indo-Pacific region. It puts strategic, defence and security relationship between the two countries at the forefront and centre stage. It insulates India-US strategic relationship from feuds over trade issues and deep divide on economic integration policies as trade and commercial issues that collided with strategic relationship between both countries’ discussed in Strategic and Commercial Dialogue earlier. It is similar to India-Japan 2+2 dialogue format between foreign and defence secretaries of the two countries.