State Department Convenes U.S.-India East Asia Consultations

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 27, 2014

On March 28, Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel and Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will welcome senior Indian officials to the State Department for the sixth session of the U.S.–India East Asia Consultations. This dialogue is an opportunity for the United States and India to share views on regional priorities and identify areas for cooperation in our engagement with regional and multilateral institutions.

Prior to the talks, Assistant Secretary Biswal said, “We look forward to welcoming Indian Ambassador Jaishankar, Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for East Asia Gautam Bambawale, Ministry of External Affairs Joint Secretary for the Americas Vikram Doraiswami, Pacific Command Commander Admiral Samuel J. Locklear, and other Indian and U.S. officials to discuss a variety of issues including maritime security, expanding regional trade opportunities, and increasing our cooperation in multilateral fora. As the United States continues to implement our strategic rebalance to Asia we will work with India to address both the challenges and the opportunities across the Indo–Pacific region.”