Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman hold talks with US counterparts ahead of 2+2 dialogue

In a special gesture, Swaraj received US Secretary Pompeo at the airport here yesterday while Sitharaman welcomed Defence Secretary Mattis, reflecting the importance India attaches to their visit.

Published: 06th September 2018 10:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th September 2018 10:46 AM   |  A+A-

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presents a bouquet to US Secretary of Defence James Mattis on his arrival at Palam Tech Area to attend India's first ever 2+2 Dialogue between the two nations in New Delhi Wednesday Sept 05 2018. | PTI

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Ahead of the inaugural two-plus-two dialogue, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held separate meetings Thursday with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis respectively.

Official sources said a number of key bilateral issues were to be discussed during the meetings.

Both Pompeo and Mattis arrived here Wednesday for the inaugural Indo-US two-plus-two talks which was finalised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington last year.

In a special gesture, Swaraj received Secretary Pompeo at the airport here yesterday while Sitharaman welcomed Secretary Mattis, reflecting the importance India attaches to their visit here.

The officials said the focus of the two-plus-two talks will be to deepen the global strategic partnership between the two countries and resolve differences over India's defence engagement with Russia and crude oil import from Iran.

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