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Fate of India-US two-plus-two dialogue hangs in balance

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The India-US two-plus-two dialogue could be among the first major bilateral engagements of as the next month, if the CIA is confirmed in his new post by the US in next few weeks.

The launch of two-plus-two dialogue was announced last summer when had a successful meeting with US at the

The dialogue involves Sushma Swaraj, and their American counterparts.

Trump today fired and nominated Pompeo to replace him. Pompeo needs to be confirmed by the before he can occupy the of the State Department.

Before leaving for Africa, Tillerson had issued specific direction on the two-plus-two dialogue, which for all practical purposes was scheduled for around mid-April (18 and 19) in However, a formal announcement in this regard had not yet been made.

A high-level Indian delegation led by and G were scheduled to be in US for a series of preparatory meetings with their American counterparts for the next month's dialogue.

The State Department and the in did not respond to a series of questions on the fate of these meetings this week in the wake of the president's decision to fire Tillerson as the

Given the fast-paced developments in and Trump's focus on preparing his meeting with North Korean leader before May, it is very well possible that the two-plus-two dialogue could be postponed for later this year, even if Pompeo is confirmed in the next few weeks, according to sources.

However, given the significance Trump attaches to India, it would be a tough call to change the dates of the maiden India-US two plus two dialogue, they said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 13 2018. 22:40 IST