Washington, Mar 14 (PTI) Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhle held meetings with top State Department officials here today.
Gokhle, on his maiden visit to the US as India’s top diplomat, among others met Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Tom Shannon.
He was accompanied by the senior Indian officials including Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna.
His meetings were scheduled well in advance and was mainly meant to prepare for the first ever two-plus-two dialogue between the two countries.
Officials from the either side have not yet announced any dates of such a dialogue, but it was previously scheduled for some time in mid-April.
The launch of two-plus-two dialogue was announced last summer when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a successful meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House.
The dialogue involves External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and their American counterparts.
A day earlier, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and nominated CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him. Pompeo needs to be confirmed by the Senate before he can occupy the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.
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