S Jaishankar, Mike Pompeo Talk Covid, Indo-Pacific Strategy Over Phone

The 2 leaders have been in common communication in the course of the coronavirus pandemic

Washington:

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his American counterpart Mike Pompeo have spoken over cellphone and mentioned the bilateral and multilateral cooperation on problems with worldwide concern, together with efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and the Indo-Pacific area, a senior US official has stated.

The 2 leaders reiterated the power of the India-US relationship to advance peace, prosperity, and safety within the Indo-Pacific and across the globe, Cale Brown, Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the State Division stated on Thursday.

India and the US have explored methods to spice up cooperation within the resource-rich Indo-Pacific area the place China has been attempting to unfold its affect. The difficulty was mentioned extensively in the course of the third spherical of the India-US Maritime Safety Dialogue which came about in Goa in 2018.

The US has been pushing for a broader function by India within the strategically essential Indo-Pacific area.

India, the US and a number of other different world powers have been speaking about the necessity to guarantee a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific within the backdrop of China’s rising army maneuvering within the area.

“Each leaders agreed to proceed shut cooperation on a full vary of regional and worldwide points and stay up for Quadrilateral consultations and the US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue later this yr,” Brown stated.

In November 2017, India, the US, Australia and Japan had given form to the long-pending Quadrilateral coalition to develop a brand new technique to hold the essential sea routes within the Indo-Pacific freed from Chinese language affect.

The primary 2+2 dialogue was held in New Delhi in September 2018 after the mechanism was permitted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.

Through the name, Jaishankar and Pompeo mentioned the continued bilateral and multilateral cooperation on problems with worldwide concern, together with efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, assist the peace course of in Afghanistan, and tackle current destabilising actions within the area, Brown stated in a readout of the telephonic dialog.

The 2 leaders have been in common communication in the course of the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 7 lakh lives and contaminated almost 19 million folks worldwide. 

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