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Insights from the 5th India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

In a recent development, the 5th India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in Delhi has not only reaffirmed the ambitious agenda set by US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi but also highlighted the growing momentum in the relationship between the two nations. The collaborative efforts between the US and India, as outlined by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, revolve around fostering economic resilience, ensuring community security, and expanding inclusive economic opportunities.

Blinken emphasized the power of innovation in making economies more resilient and communities more secure. The annual ‘two-plus-two’ talks featured discussions on advancements in semiconductors, advanced biotechnology, and unprecedented investments in deploying clean energy at scale. These discussions reflect the depth of technological collaboration between the two nations.

Specifically, the dialogue highlighted the remarkable ties between the people of India and the United States. Blinken pointed to new educational exchanges, steps to facilitate travel between the countries, and efforts to reduce visa wait times. The collaborative efforts in education and work between Indians and Americans are seen as a catalyst for progress.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, speaking at the dialogue, underlined the significant impact of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the United States in June, stating that it has opened a new chapter in the India-US relationship. He also acknowledged President Biden’s visit to Delhi in September, contributing immensely to the positive trajectory of bilateral ties.

In a press conference following the dialogue, US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin emphasized the growing momentum in the relationship. Austin stated that, in the face of urgent global challenges, it is more important than ever for the world’s two largest democracies to exchange views, find common goals, and deliver for their people.

Secretary Austin further highlighted the impressive gains in building a major defence partnership, emphasizing its significant contribution to global peace and stability. The dialogue provided an opportunity to advance the vision of the respective leaders, focusing on constructing a forward-looking partnership while shaping a shared global agenda.

This reaffirmation of the collaborative agenda and the acknowledgment of the positive momentum in the India-US relationship signal a promising trajectory for bilateral ties, with a focus on economic resilience, technological collaboration, and shared global objectives.

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