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Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and his US counterpart Mike Pompeo held a phone call on Thursday (6 August) to discuss international issues and emphasize mutual cooperation. The two leaders discussed bilateral and multilateral cooperation between India and the United States. During the talks, concern was also expressed over the Corona epidemic and China’s growing dominance in the Indo-Pacific region.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tweeted that he had a wide-ranging conversation with his American counterpart on various regional issues. It reviewed bilateral cooperation. An assessment of the situation was shared on various regional and global issues including South Asia, Afghanistan, Indo-Pacific region. The two leaders were unanimous on the stability and peace of the Indo-Pacific region. Both leaders supported stability in the region. In addition, talks between the two leaders were also held to combat the Corona epidemic and to support the peace process in Afghanistan.

Talks on Chinese Interference in Indo-Pacific
The US stressed India’s active and influential role in the Indo-Pacific region. With this, the two leaders discussed extensively on the modalities of mutual cooperation in this field. The two leaders said that the way Chinese interference is increasing in this entire region is a matter of concern for the whole world. This has created a crisis for the stability of the region. The strategic balance here has completely deteriorated due to Chinese interest in the region. The US Secretary of State said that China is eyeing its natural resources. With this he also wants to use this area strategically. Therefore, China is constantly trying to increase its dominance in the region.

Emphasis on mutual consent
Jaishankar and Pompeo agreed to continue full cooperation on regional and international issues. Both leaders later this year
Also agreed to cooperate for US-India 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue. The first 2 + 2 talks were held in New Delhi in September 2018, after the mechanism was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.

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