The fifth India-US 2 plus 2 Ministerial Dialogue occurred in New Delhi on November 11, 2023. Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met their US counterparts, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. During this meeting, they discussed common issues, including those related to the Indo-Pacific and West Asia. Additionally, they announced collaboration on the production of combat vehicles.
What is the 2+2 Dialogue?
The 2+2 meetings involve high-level representatives from both India and the United States, specifically, the Foreign Affairs Minister and the Defence Minister from each country participate. The primary goal of these dialogues is to enhance strategic cooperation and deepen bilateral ties. By having such a mechanism, India and the US can better understand each other’s strategic concerns and work towards a more integrated relationship in our ever-changing global environment.
The term “2+2” signifies the participation of two ministers from each side (Foreign Affairs and Defence). This format allows for a comprehensive discussion that covers both diplomatic and security aspects. The dialogue aims to foster mutual understanding and address shared challenges.
India’s 2+2 Partners:
United States: India’s oldest and most crucial 2+2 partner. The first 2+2 dialogue between India and the US took place in 2018 during the Trump Administration. It replaced the earlier Strategic and Commercial Dialogue held between the foreign and commerce ministers of both countries. The launch of this dialogue reflects the shared commitment to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership.
Q.: What does the term “2 plus 2” signify in the context of the India-US 2 plus 2 Ministerial Dialogue?
a. Two nations and two objectives
b. Two ministers from each side (Foreign Affairs and Defence)
c. Two hours of discussion on diplomatic issues
d. Two strategic partnerships
Ans : b. Two ministers from each side (Foreign Affairs and Defence)
Q.: Who are the key representatives from India in the fifth India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held on November 11, 2023?
a. Prime Minister and Finance Minister
b. Defence Minister and External Affairs Minister
c. President and Trade Minister
d. Home Minister and Health Minister
Ans: b. Defence Minister and External Affairs Minister