India-Japan-US trilateral in New Delhi ahead of Trump-Abe meet

PTI Washington | Updated on April 03, 2018

The strategically important trilateral dialogue between India, Japan and the US will be held in New Delhi this week ahead of a summit between American President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this month.

The Trump administration has sent two of its senior diplomats from the State Department—Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton—to co-lead the American delegation for the trilateral dialogue.

The dialogue between the three leading democratic powers of the Indo-Pacific region on Wednesday comes a fortnight ahead of the Trump-Abe summit at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort.

During the two-day summit on April 17 and 18, the two leaders will reaffirm the US-Japan alliance as a cornerstone of peace, stability, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, the White House said today.

While Wells has just returned from Pakistan, Thorton completed her trip to Malaysia before heading to New Delhi where she attended the US–ASEAN Dialogue to engage on regional security and economic issues.

On April 6, Wells will participate in the India–US Forum, hosted by the Ananta Centre and the Ministry of External Affairs. During her visit, she will also meet senior Indian government officials to discuss regional and global issues and representatives from the private sector, the State Department said.

The India–Japan–US trilateral was launched in December 2011 when Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State. For the first several rounds the trilateral was held at the director or assistant secretary level. It was elevated to ministerial level in 2015. The inaugural ministerial trilateral was held on September 29, 2015, in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly Session. It was hosted by then US Secretary of State John Kerry. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida represented their respective countries. The last ministerial dialogue was also held in New York in September 2017.

Published on April 03, 2018

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