India and the US held first-ever bilateral dialogue on United Nations

Feb 20, 2015 17:17 IST

India and the US on 19 February 2015 held their first-ever bilateral dialogue on the United Nations (UN) and other multilateral issues in Washington.

The dialogue was held in the spirit of the Delhi Declaration of Friendship which was released during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India in January 2015.

Besides discussing the UN issue, the dialogue between the two countries also focused on international peace and security, peacekeeping operations, counter-piracy, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the UN Human Rights Council, and other matters of mutual interest.

The Indian delegation in the dialogue was led by Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup while the US was led by Assistant Secretary of State for International Organisation Affairs Sheba Crocker.

Delhi Declaration of Friendship released on 25 January 2015 during the visit of US President Barack Obama as a chief guest on 2015 Republic Day. Within the framework of the Delhi Declaration of Friendship, India and the US vowed to hold regular consultations in multilateral forums and strengthen and expand the relationship between the two countries.


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