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Doval holds talks with Pompeo, Mattis on 'future direction' of Indo-US ties

India's ambassador to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, accompanied Doval in these meetings

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Ajit Doval, BRICS

on Friday held "broad-based" talks with US Mike Pompeo, James and his American counterpart during which they discussed the "future direction" of the strategic

Doval's meeting with the top three officials of the came a week after the successful India-US 2+2 Dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers of the two countries.

This was Doval's first meeting with Bolton, the new to President

Doval had met Pompeo and last week in too.

"During the three back-to-back meetings, Doval had good chance to review the entire bilateral relationship after the 2+2 talks. They build upon the discussion in last week," informed sources told

India's to the US, Navtej Singh Sarna, accompanied Doval in these meetings.

Describing it "as a very broad-based discussion", the sources said that Doval and the three top officials talked about the "future direction" of the strategic relationship and identified areas of co-operation.

Regional issues and global developments too figured in the talks, they said, without going into specifics.

The US to India, in a tweet said that the last week's 2+2 dialogue "set the course for even closer ties" between the two countries.

He said India-US partnership are on an upward trajectory.

We've seen positive momentum regarding the US-relationship these past few weeks with 2+2 dialogue and the progress continues with Doval's visit to the US," said the US Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF).

and the US signed the landmark Communications, Compatibility, Security Agreement (COMCASA) after the 2+2 and had with Pompeo and on September 6.

The COMCASA will allow India to receive high-end military from the US and will also help get from the US.

During the the 2+2 talks, India and the US also expressed commitment to work together and in concert with other partners toward advancing a free, open, and inclusive region.

Early this week, Principal told a audience that the 2+2 significance was that it reaffirmed the strength of the India-US relationship.

"It reaffirmed the alignment of our interests and our values in promoting an open and free It also underscored our interest in amplifying what it means to have a major defence partner in India, and really provided the building blocks, not for the next six months or year, but for decades, of how we move forward carefully in building what is a very special relationship, she said.

Principal said the biggest thing that has come out of the 2+2 talks is that it puts the US-India relationship and the defence relationship in particular on a higher trajectory.

"We look forward to deepening the cooperation as two strategic partners as we work together to have a, realise a safe, secure and free region, or as has said, a place where nations, small and large, can prosper free and fearless in our choices," he said.

First Published: Sat, September 15 2018. 10:15 IST