Senior US diplomats to visit India this week, to hold key meetings on maritime security dialogue

The State Department has said that a high-level US delegation will visit India from Monday to attend key meetings to deepen the bilateral strategic partnership and support a free and open, resilient, and secure Indo-Pacific region. Will discuss ways to expand cooperation.

The US delegation to India from September 5-8 will be led by Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Lu will attend a Quad senior officials meeting with Camille Dawson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Eli Ratner, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs for the US-India 2+2 Intersectional Will be The meeting and maritime security talks, the State Department said in a statement on Saturday.

The aim of the meeting is to deepen the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.

“The delegation will meet with senior Indian officials to discuss ways in which the United States and India can expand our cooperation to support a free and open, connected, prosperous, resilient, and secure Indo-Pacific region.” Where human rights are respected,” the statement said.

India, the US, and several other world powers are talking about the need to ensure a free, open, and prosperous Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s increasing military maneuvers in the resource-rich region.

China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.

Lu will also attend an event with women entrepreneurs under the US-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment. The State Department said the event aims to enhance economic security through meaningful participation of women in the workforce.

“He will also engage in a roundtable discussion with senior business executives on how India can realize its full economic potential to become a central hub in the global supply chain over the next 25 years,” the statement said.

Last month, US Treasury Deputy Secretary Wally Ademo visited India and discussed ways with Indian policymakers to jointly tackle global challenges such as food insecurity and high energy prices amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Adeyemo met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Principal Secretary to Prime Minister PK Mishra, Finance Secretary Ajay Seth, Foreign Secretary Vijay Kwatra, and Petroleum Secretary Pankaj Jain.

A readout by the US Department of the Treasury on 26 August said Adeyemo shared with his counterparts the United States views on ways to “put pressure down” on energy prices for consumers and businesses in India, the US, and globally.

It said they also underlined the importance of further deepening the already strong US-India relationship through platforms such as the Quad and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework.

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