New Delhi, Sep 4: All eyes will be on the much expected and the inaugural of Indo-US 2+2 dialogue on Thursday in National Capital when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will host their counterparts US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Defence Secretary James Matis respectively.
"These will be crucial discussions with long term perspective," a source said here on Tuesday. However, the US has chosen to stick to its oft-repeated track and Pompeo will land in Islamabad on September 5 to engage with new dispensation there headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The US, which has accused Islamabad of providing "safe haven" to the terrorists who kill American soldiers in Afghanistan and ordered nosedive in fund allocations, welcomed the new prime minster installation of a new regime in Pakistan and said that it was looking forward to work with new civilian government to promote peace and prosperity in the country and in the region. The 2+2 Dialogue between India and the US was postponed twice earlier essentially on time factor.
This meeting between Indian top leaders and the US for 2+2 Dialogues will be the first meeting between Indian side and the US Secretary of State and former CIA Chief Michael Pompeo who replaced Rex Tillerson.
The geo-strategic situation in the Afghan-Pakistan region and on the global context will figure prominently along with Indian concerns on developing and operating the strategic Chabahar port and its significance for Afghanistan.
The Iran issue (curb on oil import) is likely to figure for more reasons than one. Both Pompeo and James Matis will also call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (UNI)