First India-US two-plus-two dialogue postponed after Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson

Washington: The first two-plus-two dialogue between India and the United States has been postponed for now due to uncertainty over the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as President Donald Trump's new Secretary of State, according to an official.

The two-day dialogue, announced last summer when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a successful meeting with President Trump at the White House, was tentatively scheduled for April 18-19.

Given the sharp differences between the Republicans and the Democrats in the Senate, officials decided not to take any chance by going ahead with the mid-April date for the two-plus-two talks.

The new dates will now be determined after Mr Pompeo occupies the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department and settles down as the top American diplomat.