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Joint Statement on the Inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to India on September 6, 2018 for the inaugural U.S.-India Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue.

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