Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will host the US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence James Mattis, in New Delhi on 6th September this year for the inaugural 22 dialogue.
In response to media queries on the 22 dialogue with the United States, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, The 22 meeting will cover a broad range of bilateral, regional and global issues of shared interest, with a view to strengthening strategic and security ties between the two countries.
This new dialogue format is in pursuit of the agreement reached between India and the US during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Washington on 25-26 June in 2017. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis will travel to India to participate in the dialogue.
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that both nations will discuss strengthening of strategic, security and defense cooperation as both the nations jointly address challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. The dialogue is seen as a vehicle to elevate the strategic relationship between the two countries.