India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue in Delhi on August 30


New Delhi: India and US will hold their second Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) here on August 30 and review implementation of various decisions taken during the previous summit as well as identify future areas of cooperation. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker are coming to India next week for the second Strategic and Commercial Dialogue in what is likely to be the last major engagement between India and the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama.

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During the Dialogue, to be co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, the entire gamut of cooperation between the two countries will be taken up, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said. The co-chairs will be accompanied by a high-level inter- agency delegation on both sides.

Asked if the current situation in Kashmir and the terrorism emanating from Pakistan will also figure during the talks between the two sides, he said, "Anything which is of strategic importance for both the countries will obviously figure. Very substantive discussions on all aspects of bilateral relationship, important regional issue and global developments."

The forthcoming S&CD will also review the progress made in the implementation of the various decisions taken in the recent Summit held in June in Washington DC and identify possible areas for future cooperation, Swarup added.

The S&CD is a comprehensive mechanism to discuss and deliberate the entire gamut of cooperation between the two countries. The India-US Strategic Dialogue was elevated into a Strategic and Commercial Dialogue during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India in January 2015. The first S&CD was held on September 22, 2015 in the US.

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