US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun concluded his visit to India on Wednesday. Biegun's official visit comes days ahead of the '2+2' ministerial meetings scheduled for October 26-27 in New Delhi. Following the conclusion of his visit to India, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun is now headed to Dhaka.
As part of the '2+2' dialogue, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Esper will hold closed consultation with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
During his two-day visit to India, US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun delivered a keynote address at the India-US Forum.
"The United States and India represent multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, democratic societies. Together with Japan and Australia, we are four democratic anchors in an Indo-Pacific region buffeted by changing winds and shifting currents," Biegun said in his keynote address.
Stephen Biegun also met with Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla during which the two discussed among other issues, advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific.
EAM S Jaishankar, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval, and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar also held meetings with US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun. The importance of Quad in increasing maritime security and creating resilient supply chains was also discussed during these meetings.
In a statement issued towards the end of Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun's visit to India, the US Department of State asserted that he "discussed US efforts to work with India and like-minded partners on a range of issues including regional security, economic cooperation, and coordinated efforts to address the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic".
While in New Delhi, Deputy Secretary Biegun also met with Bhutanese Ambassador to India Major General Vetsop Namgyel.