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'2+2' dialogue postponed as Pompeo was travelling to N Korea: Sources

Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were to travel to the US to take part in the meeting with Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The US postponed the '2+2 dialogue' with India as has to travel to to discuss the country's denuclearisation plan, official sources said on Wednesday.

The reason for postponing the dialogue, scheduled for July 6 in Washington, was conveyed to by Pompeo during a telephonic conversation between them on June 27, the sources said.

The North Korean issue is number one priority for the US now. Both India and the US are now working on next set of dates for the '2+2' dialogue.

Swaraj and Defence Minister were to travel to the US to take part in the meeting with Pompeo and Defence Secretary

Sources said the dialogue is likely to take place in the next couple of months.

They said defence and trade relations between the US and India were on track, rejecting speculation that postponement of the dialogue was reflective of a slide in bilateral ties.

Last week, the US had said that the postponement of the dialogue with India was prompted by reasons "entirely unrelated" to the bilateral relationship.

Earlier this year as well, the '2+2 dialogue' was postponed due to uncertainty over the confirmation of Pompeo as President Donald Trump's new

Secretary Pompeo is scheduled to leave for tomorrow on a three-day visit to discuss that country's denuclearisation plan.

On June 12, US President and North Korean leader had held a historic summit in in which they had discussed denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

Meanwhile, the sources said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra held talks with their counterparts in last week to prepare for the annual summit between Prime Minister and his Japanese counterpart

First Published: Wed, July 04 2018. 21:11 IST