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    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue Live Updates: The Ministers called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries. They called on Pakistan to bring to justice expeditiously the perpetrators of Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri, and other attacks: Indo-US joint statement
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    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue Live Updates: We have decided to set up “hotlines” between External Affairs Minister and Defence Minister with their US counterparts, said Sushma Swaraj

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    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue Live Updates: The Ministers reaffirmed the strategic importance of India’s designation as a Major Defense Partner (MDP) of the United States and committed to expand the scope and take mutually agreed upon steps to strengthen defense ties further: Indo-US joint statement after 2+2 talks

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    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue Live Updates: Recognizing that two countries are strategic partners, major and independent stakeholders in world affairs, the Ministers committed to work together on regional and global issues, including in bilateral, trilateral, and quadrilateral formats
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    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue Live Updates: We welcome United States’ recent designation of terrorists as a part of Lashkar-e-Taiba. These listing are based on terrorism that is flourishing in Pakistan, which has equally affected India, US and the world, says Sushma Swaraj

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    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue Live Updates: Signing of Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) will enable India to access advanced technologies from USA, says Nirmala Sitharaman

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    Indo-US 2+2 Dialogue Live Updates: In today’s meeting we reaffirmed to cooperate in every possible way to ensure peace, prosperity and development. Also pledged to continue cooperation against terrorism and other security challenges, says Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defence General James Mattis arrived here on Wednesday evening for the 2+2 dialogue with their counterparts External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  Today’s discussion is expected to take a look at the strategic ties between the two countries. The Hindu reported that the two sides would most likely look at a landmark agreement on communication and coordination on security issues – COMCASA and sale of high tech military items.  The COMCASA agreement will allow an exchange of secure communication between the two militaries. Also Read - 26/11 Mumbai Terror Attack Anniversary: US Announces New Reward of up to $5 Million For Info on Planners

Following the formal talks, both Pompeo and General Mattis are scheduled to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the afternoon. On the eve of his journey, Pompeo met in Islamabad the new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and discussed regional security and Afghanistan. This could also be a part of today’s talks. The US has appointed veteran diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad as the special envoy to Afghanistan this week and cut the aid of $300 million to Pakistan, but the US has yet to agree with India on how to pursue the banned terror masterminds who target India. Also Read - India, Japan Agree to Hold 2+2 Dialogue, Sign Six Agreements; Aim to Work Towards World Peace And Stability

On Wednesday, senior trade policymakers from the two countries sparred, defending their respective positions on cross-border business, reported PTI. India’s commerce secretary Anup Wadhawan stressed on the need to go beyond trade deficits and frame tariffs as per the prevailing economic strengths. US’ Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Gilbert Kaplan claimed that fundamentally, its trade policies had not changed and stressed on the need of reciprocity, saying the lack of it has resulted in decisions which may be considered as adverse. Kaplan said trade deficits are an important indicator of problems, but made it clear that the tariff actions on steel and aluminium were driven by lack of reciprocity from countries exporting those to the US and not the trade gap. Also Read - COMCASA Shows Trust Growing Between US, India: Mattis