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India-US 2+2: We stand with India to deal with threats to its sovereignty, says Pompeo

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New Delhi, Oct 27: Moving closer militarily, India and the US signed the landmark defence pact, BECA on Monday night ahead of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue between the defence and foreign ministers of the two countries.

BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement), which is the last of four foundational agreements for strengthening defence ties, will allow the militaries of the two countries to share geospatial information, high-end military technology and classified satellite data helpful for defence-related issues.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper are attending 3rd India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue which is underway at Hyderabad House, Delhi.

Highlights:

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3:04 PM, 27 Oct
We stand with India to deal with threats to its sovereignty: US Secretary of State Pompeo.
3:03 PM, 27 Oct
We are strengthening ties to deal with overall security threats not just those posed by Chinese Communist Party: US Secretary of State Pompeo
2:53 PM, 27 Oct
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper met PM Narendra Modi, earlier today. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, EAM S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval were also present.
2:52 PM, 27 Oct
U.S values India as a multi-lateral partner, whether it's through the quad, making Afghan peace negotiation successful or working together during India's upcoming term on UN security council, we continue to support India's permanent membership of UNSC: U.S. State Secy Mike Pompeo
2:52 PM, 27 Oct
Our leaders & citizens see with increasing clarity that Chinese Communist Party is no friend to democracy, rule of law, transparency... I'm glad to say India & US are taking all steps to strengthen cooperation against all threats & not just those posed by CCP: Mike Pompeo
2:51 PM, 27 Oct
Discussions also covered developments in our neighbouring countries. We made clear that cross border terrorism is completely unacceptable: EAM S Jaishankar
2:51 PM, 27 Oct
We visited National War Memorial to honour brave men & women of Indian armed forces who sacrificed for the world's largest democracy, including 20 killed by PLA in Galwan Valley. US will stand with India as they confront threats to their sovereignty, liberty: Mike Pompeo
2:51 PM, 27 Oct
The Indo Pacific region was the particular focus of our talks. We reiterated the importance of stability and peace and prosperity for all countries in this region: EAM S Jaishankar
2:51 PM, 27 Oct
U.S & India are taking steps to strengthen our cooperation against all manner of threats & not just those posed by Chinese Communist Party. Last year, we've expanded our cooperation on cyber issues, our navies have held joint exercises in Indian ocean: U.S. State Secy Mike Pompeo
2:51 PM, 27 Oct
Based on our shared values & common interests, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder in suport of a free and open Indo-Pacific for all, particularly in light of increasing aggression and destabilising activities by China: US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper
2:50 PM, 27 Oct
The Indo Pacific region was the particular focus of our talks. We reiterated the importance of stability and peace and prosperity for all countries in this region: EAM S Jaishankar
2:50 PM, 27 Oct
US & India are taking steps to strengthen our cooperation against all manner of threats & not just those posed by Chinese Communist Party. Last year, we've expanded our cooperation on cyber issues, our navies have help joint exercises in Indian ocean: US secretary of state Mike Pompeo
2:50 PM, 27 Oct
National security convergences have grown: Jaishankar
2:50 PM, 27 Oct
Foreign minister Jaishankar says committed to creating resilient global supply chains
2:38 PM, 27 Oct
We reaffirmed our commitment to peace and security in Indo-Pacific region: Rajnath after Indo-US 2+2 talks.
2:19 PM, 27 Oct
As the world confronts a global pandemic and growing security challenges, the India-US partnership is more important than ever to ensure security, stability & prosperity of the region and the world: US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper
2:18 PM, 27 Oct
Our military to military cooperation is progressing very well. In two days meeting, we also explored probable capacity building & other joint cooperation activities in third countries including our neighbourhood & beyond: Defence Minister after 2+2 India-US Ministerial Dialogue
2:14 PM, 27 Oct
India-US stand shoulder to shoulder for a free Indo-Pacific, particularly in view of China's growing aggression: Esper
2:14 PM, 27 Oct
India-US partnership more important than in ever in view of growing security challenges: Mark Esper
2:14 PM, 27 Oct
Upholding rule of law in international matters discussed: Rajnath Singh
2:14 PM, 27 Oct
India, US issue joint statement after 2+2 ministerial dialogue
1:03 PM, 27 Oct
At a time when it is particularly important to uphold a rules-based international order, ability of India & US to work closely in defence & foreign policy has a larger resonance. Together, we can make a real difference when it comes to regional & global challenges: EAM
1:03 PM, 27 Oct
Over last two decades, our bilateral relationship has grown steadily in its substance, facets and significance. Accompanying comfort levels today enable us to engage much more intensively on matters of national security: EAM S Jaishankar at India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue
12:10 PM, 27 Oct
Both sides highlighted the need to take forward shared objectives and build capabilities across all domains so as to ensure a safe, stable and rule-based regional and global security environment, say sources.
12:10 PM, 27 Oct
NSA Ajit Doval had a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at South Block. They had a constructive meeting and discussed a number of issues and challenges of strategic importance, say sources.
12:10 PM, 27 Oct
We've strengthened our defence & security partnership especially over past year during which we advanced our regional security & information sharing. Our cooperation meets the challenges of the day & principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific: US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper
11:22 AM, 27 Oct
Today is a great opportunity for two great democracies to grow closer. We've a lot to discuss today-to cooperate amid pandemic, to confront Chinese Communist party's threats to security & freedom, to promote peace & stability in the region: U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo
10:56 AM, 27 Oct
We are happy that we've completed the BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement), which will open new avenues in the information sharing. We are eager to discuss further issues with U.S.: Home Minister Rajnath Singh
10:55 AM, 27 Oct
Our economies have suffered losses. We're trying to revive industries & services sectors. Our partnership becomes more important in view of current challenges we're facing. We both believe in rule-based order & democracy: Home Minister Rajnath Singh during India-US 2+2 dialogue
10:55 AM, 27 Oct
Over the last two decades, our bilateral relationship has grown steadily. At a time when it is particularly important to uphold the rules-based international order...together we can make a real difference when it comes to regional & global challenges: EAM S Jaishankar
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Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper paid tribute at National War Memorial in Delhi.

Pompeo and Esper will hold the 2+2 talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, covering the entire expanse of defence and security ties as well as key regional and global issues.

The talks are taking place at a time India is engaged in a bitter border standoff with China, and the issue is expected to figure in the deliberations.

Explained: Importance of the landmark Indo-US defence pact BECA

The two key officials of the Trump administration are also scheduled to hold separate bilateral talks with their Indian counterparts Jaishankar and Singh on Monday.

They will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

In the last few months, the US has been ramping up attacks on China over a range of contentious issues including the border standoff with India, its military assertiveness in the South China Sea and the way Beijing handled the anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

2+2 dialogue: India, US to sign BECA agreement to facilitate exchange of sensitive information

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