US, India and Japan hold trilateral cooperation talks

Washington, May 2 (IANS) India, the United States and Japan held their fourth trilateral dialogue at the State Department here, exchanging views on a wide range of regional and global issues of mutual interest.

“These discussions focused on the prospect of greater Indo-Pacific commercial connectivity and regional and maritime security, and cooperation in multilateral fora,” according to a State Department statement Wednesday.

“All sides welcomed the frank and comprehensive nature of the discussions and agreed the talks help advance shared values and interests,” it said.

The group agreed to meet again in autumn in Tokyo to continue their deliberations.

The Indian delegation was headed by External Affairs Ministry joint secretaries D.B. Venkatesh Varma and Vikram Doraiswami.

The discussion was co-chaired by US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert O. Blake, Jr. and Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs James P. Zumwalt.

The Japanese delegation was headed by Deputy Vice Foreign Minister for Foreign Policy Kenji Hiramatsu and Deputy Director-General Kanji Yamanouchi.

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