Rajnath Singh, US Secretary of Defence review defence cooperation, regional security situation during bilateral talks


The two defence ministers reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral defence cooperation and the regional security situation

Rajnath Singh, US Secretary of Defence review defence cooperation, regional security situation during bilateral talks

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III. Image Courtesy: @rajnathsingh/Twitter

Washington: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and a high-level delegation, on Monday held a meeting with Secretary of Defence of the United States Lloyd Austin, accompanied by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other senior officials in Pentagon.

«Had a wonderful meeting with the US @SecDef, Mr Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon today. We reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral defence cooperation and the regional security situation,» Rajnath Singh tweeted.

The two defence ministers reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral defence cooperation and the regional security situation, read a statement from the Ministry of Defence.

They acknowledged the salience of India-US defence partnership for peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and broader Indian Ocean Region. They discussed ways to deepen Major Defence Partnership (MDP) and to work together to advance quality and scope in bilateral defence cooperation.

Also, the two ministers reviewed Military-to-Military engagements, information sharing, enhanced logistics cooperation, and ability of the armed forces to cooperate closely under compatible communication arrangements. In this context, closer cooperation of Special Operation Forces came up prominently.

They discussed ways for closer collaboration between defence industries.

Rajnath Singh underlined the need of co-development, co-production between India and US companies and invited US companies to India for manufacturing and maintenance of defence equipment.

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