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India and the United States held a bilateral 22 Inter-sessional meeting

New Delhi: India and the United States held a bilateral 22 Inter-sessional meeting at the official level in virtual mode yesterday. Both sides reviewed the progress and developments in bilateral ties in defence, security, and foreign policy areas since the last 22 Ministerial meeting held on 18th December last year in Washington DC.

They explored opportunities for enhancing ongoing cooperation in these fields based on mutual interest. They also exchanged views about regional developments and agreed to pursue their quest for a free, open, inclusive, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific. Indian delegation was led jointly by Joint Secretary Americas in the Ministry of External Affairs, Vani Rao, and Joint Secretary International Cooperation in the Ministry of Defence, Somnath Ghosh.

The US delegation was led jointly by Senior Bureau Official of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the US Department of State, Dean Thompson, and Acting Assistant Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs in the US Department of Defense, David Helvey.

The Intersessional meeting mechanism was set up pursuant to the 22 Ministerial. The two sides agreed to continue the discussions in future.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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