While there are more than 50 bilateral dialogue mechanisms between the two governments, this is the highest level of engagement after the summit-level engagement between the Prime Minister and the US President.
“We told them that we are an energy reliant country, and candidly told them that rapid reduction of oil imports from Iran will impact our economy. We said that our economy should not be impacted by your policies,” a source said.
Sources told The Indian Express that India was quite pleased about the Trump administration’s tough stance against Pakistan, and that has been reflected in Washington’s cancellation of $300 million disbursement for the Pakistan’s military.
While New Delhi will urge Washington to keep in mind India’s “strategic relations” with Russia as it asks for a waiver from CAATSA, it will cite “economic challenges” when it comes to rapid reduction of oil imports from Iran.
The two sides are also discussing a security agreement to inform and share intelligence on movement of maritime activities and vessels in the Indo-Pacific region, which is also likely to be a key outcome of the 2+2 dialogue.
“Neither did we raise activities about China, nor did they. The sense we got after the meetings was that we have been able to restore a certain level of political trust between the two sides,” informed a source to The Indian Express.
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On August 24, Swamy had tweeted: “India should invade Maldives if rigging of election takes place”. The tweet included a link to a Maldivian news report on a meeting between Swamy and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed in Colombo early last week.
Manjit Singh GK, who is also the president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), was earlier allegedly attacked by protesters in New York. Three persons have been arrested in connection with the attack in California.