After 2+2 Dialogue, Doval In US To Meet Top Trump Admn Officials

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI — A week after the “highly suc­cessful” first India-US 2+2 Di­alogue in New Delhi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is in Washington to hold meet­ings with top Trump Adminis­tration officials.

Doval, who is held in high regard by the Trump Admin­istration, is scheduled to meet the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the US State Department today.

In addition to his meet­ing with his American coun­terpart John Bolton, Doval is also likely to meet officials from the US Department of Defense and from a top think-tank community.

However, the Indian Embas­sy in Washington and the White House did not immediately re­spond to questions about Ajit Doval’s visit and his meetings.

“India is a very close friend of the United States,” the State Department Spokes­person Heather Nauert told reporters at her daily news conference. She had accom­panied Mike Pompeo to New Delhi last week for the two-plus-two Dialogue.

“We have among the stron­gest people-to-people ties. I think there are more than three million Indian-Ameri­cans living here in the United States, so that was certainly part of the meetings and the conversations,” she said in re­sponse to a question.

The signing of the Commu­nications Compatibility and Security Agreement or COM­CASA last week, she said, was something important that had been in the making for a long time, she said.

“So we were pleased to have signed that (COMCASA) with the Indian Government because that not only supports jobs but also supports better military-to-military coopera­tion. They also agreed to do more work on the military-to-military front. So that was part of the conversation but also to go over there and thank the new government for our strong friendship that we have,” Nauert said.

During the meetings, discussions are likely to be primarily focused on bilat­eral and security in the Af- Pak (Afghanistan-Pakistan) region, in particular, those related to counter-terror­ism. It is understood that the visit is likely to lay the groundwork of the poten­tial visit of the US President Donald Trump to India.

Donald Trump has accept­ed an invitation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit India. The two sides are currently looking at various dates including President Trump as Chief Guest at the mega Republic Day Parade on January 26, 2019.

Responding to a question on Mike Pompeo’s trip to Pakistan, the spokesperson said the Secretary of State had some meaningful and important meetings with the new government.

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