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US conveys regret to India over 2 +2 Dialogue postponement

ANI  |  Washington D.C. [USA] 

D.C. [USA], June 28 (ANI): and India's have agreed to reschedule the 2+2 dialogue between the two countries as soon as possible at a mutually convenient time and location.

A decision to this effect was taken a day after the postponed its inaugural 2+2 dialogue with India, for which the defence and foreign ministers of the two sides were to meet in on July 6, citing "unavoidable reasons".

The U.S. State Department had formally announced the date for the meeting only last Thursday, ending months of uncertainty caused by postponements and cancellations because of scheduling and personnel changes.

Pompeo spoke with on Wednesday (June 27) and conveyed his regret over the postponement of the 2+2 dialogue.

During their conversation, Pompeo told Swaraj that, "The U.S.-relationship is a major priority for this (Trump) administration, and we look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership. India's central role in U.S. national security is enshrined in the President's National Security Strategy, which noted that "We welcome India's emergence as a leading global power and stronger strategic and defense partner."

The 2+2 dialogue was scheduled for July 6 and was going to be the first simultaneous meeting of Indian and American defence and external affairs ministers -- and from India, and and Michael Pompeo from the in a format that was announced last August.

Other than this conversation between Pompeo and Swaraj, there was no formal word from on the development, which occurred even as the U.S. Permanent to the Nikki Haley was meeting the top Indian leadership and discussing a wide range of issues of mutual benefit to Washington and

Haley is in on a two-day visit aimed at solidifying the bilateral partnership.

Meanwhile, various are suggesting that the postponement of the 2+2 dialogue has come in the backdrop of the United States dismantling sanctions relief provided to under the 2015 nuclear deal.

According to these reports, the U.S. State Department has told media in Washington that the has asked and to stop all imports of Iranian by November 4 or face sanctions.

One foreign media news agency quoted Haley, as saying in that she told the Indian leadership, including that it is important for to cut its dependence on Iranian She also confirmed that Washington would soon be imposing sanctions on

The 2+2 dialogue was announced last August following a call between Modi and The July 6 meeting was to focus on "strengthening strategic, security and defense cooperation".

The meeting was earlier scheduled for April, but was put off when Trump fired then

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First Published: Thu, June 28 2018. 07:43 IST