National Security Advisor Ajit Doval exchanged elbow bumps, skipping the standard handshake, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper at this time in Delhi, following social distancing norms amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The assembly at South Block lasted for 40 minutes forward of the third version of two+2 ministerial dialogue. Mr Esper and Mr Pompeo arrived in India on Monday for the essential talks geared toward additional boosting the defence and safety ties between the 2 international locations.
Mr Doval was seen exchanging elbow bumps with the US leaders; all of them had been sporting face masks. Mr Pompeo’s masks had the print of the American flag.
“They discussed a number of issues and challenges of strategic importance. Both sides highlighted the need to take forward shared objectives and build capabilities across all domains so as to ensure a safe, stable and rule based regional and global security environment,” a senior bureaucrat informed NDTV. Senior officers from each side had been current on the assembly. Indian officers mentioned the 2 sides additionally spoke about India’s navy stand-off with China’s People’s Liberation Army that has continued for 175 days. Tension peaked in June when 20 Indian troopers had been killed within the line of responsibility in a conflict with the Chinese at Galwan Valley.
Fist bumps, elbow bumps and the normal Namaste have emerged as in style types of greeting amongst world leaders in an effort to cut back the chance of a virus unfold. The US stays the nation hit hardest by far by the well being disaster gripping the world, with over 4.34 Covid instances. India ranks second with over 79.46 instances.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar held the two+2 talks with their US counterparts, throughout which the long-awaited Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement or BECA, which supplies India entry to categorized geo-spatial knowledge in addition to essential info having important navy purposes from the US, was signed.