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Washington D.C. [US], July 7 (ANI): India-US look forward to this year's 22 Ministerial Dialogue between the two countries.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale on Tuesday exchanged views on a number of regional and global issues of shared interests on Tuesday during the virtual foreign office consultations between the two countries.

"Both officials look forward to this year's U.S.-India 22 Ministerial Dialogue and pledged to remain in close contact on regional and international issues of mutual concern," US State Department said.

A release from Indian Ministry of External Affairs said "they agreed to remain in touch and move forward on the bilateral agenda through a range of mechanisms like the 22 Ministerial that India will host later this year".

The United States had reaffirmed its support to India for its permanent role in a reformed United Nations Security Council during the second annual India-US 22 Ministerial Dialogue in Washington last year.

The second annual meeting had undertaken a comprehensive review of cross-cutting foreign policy and defence and security issues in the bilateral relationship between two countries.

The high-level mechanism was hosted by the US State Department and attended by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with their American counterparts Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper on December 18 last year. (ANI)

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