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India-US hold bilateral 2+2 intersessional meeting

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New Delhi, August 23, 2019

India and the United States held a round of the bilateral 2+2 Intersessional meeting on Thursday at Monterey in California in the United States.
The Indian delegation to the talks was led jointly by Gourangalal Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and V. Anandarajan, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Defence. 
The U.S. delegation was led jointly by Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs. 
A press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said the two sides reviewed the progress and development of bilateral relations in cross-cutting defence, security, and foreign policy areas since the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial meeting of September 2018, and explored further possibilities of cooperation in these fields based on common interest. 
They also discussed regional developments, and agreed to pursue their quest for a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific. 
The Intersessional meeting mechanism was set up pursuant to the 2+2 Ministerial. The two sides agreed to carry forward these discussions, the release added.
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