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India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar extended greetings to the United States on the occasion of the country’s 246th Independence Day and said India will continue to work together with the U.S. to boost the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.
The U.S.-India relationship was elevated to a Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership when the previous President Donald Trump visited India in February 2020. Jaishankar tweeted, “Warm greetings to U.S. State Secretary Antony Blinken and Government and the people of the United States of America on their Independence Day. Will continue to work together to strengthen our Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.”
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress, two days after a vote on whether to separate from the United Kingdom. The declaration was drafted by Thomas Jefferson, who eventually became President.
The third annual 2+2 ministerial dialogue held in New Delhi on October 27, 2020 enabled a comprehensive review of the bilateral ties from the strategic perspective and provided political direction to advancing these further.
In 2019, bilateral trade increased by 4.3 per cent to reach $148.8 billion. In 2020, bilateral trade in goods reached $26.55 billion during April-August 2020.
Several important consultations were conducted during the year, including the India-U.S. Strategic Energy Partnership Ministerial Meeting, India-U.S. CEO Forum, India-U.S. Counter Terrorism Joint Working Group, India-U.S. Cyber Security Dialogue, India-U.S. Information and Communication Technology Working Group meeting and consultations on the United Nations Security Council.
The inaugural meeting between the Indian Defense Innovation Organization (DIOiDEX) and US Defense Innovation Unit as well as the India-U.S. Defense Technology and Trade Initiative were held in 2020.
Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin welcomed Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh and Jaishankar to Washington, D.C., on April 11, 2022, for the fourth India-U.S. 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. The Dialogue was preceded by a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joseph Biden.
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