Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to India for the inaugural India-U.S. Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue.The next 2+2 meeting is to be held in the United States in 2019.Its objective is Strengthening the Defense and Security Partnership.
Meeting Outcomes :
- Negotiations on an Industrial Security Annex (ISA)to support defense industry cooperation and collaboration,
- Signing of a Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA),
- Decision on exchanges between the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and the Indian Navy,
- Memorandum of Intent between the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and the Indian Defence Innovation Organization – Innovation for Defence Excellence (DIO-iDEX) for co-development projects through the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).
- Exchanges between the Ministry of Commerceof India and the Office of the United States Trade Representative
- Collaboration between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Westinghouse Electric Companyfor the establishment of 6nuclear power plants in India.
- Other collaboration in health, space, oceans, and other areas of science and technology.
- To grow the bilateral trade to 500-600 billion USDfrom the current 125 billon USD,
- Discussion on H1B Visa,
- A tri-Services joint exercise with the United States off the eastern coast of Indiain 2019 was decided.
- US announced its support for India’s membership into the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
- India welcomed the recent U.S.-North Korea summit.
- United States welcomed India’s accession to the Australia Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Missile Technology Control Regime.
- US acknowledged India’s economic assistance to Afghanistan.
- US decided to elevate India to STA Tier 1 status for access to advanced technologies, especially in the defence field.