The military partnership will increase between India and America, Rajnath Singh, and Austin sign several agreements
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his US counterpart Lloyd J Austin on Saturday held extensive talks on further expansion of bilateral strategic ties, developing the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and the challenges of terrorism.
India is the third country in Austin’s first three-nation tour abroad.
It is seen as a commitment by the Biden administration to relations with close allies. During the talks, Rajnath Singh and US Defense Minister Lloyd James Austin issued a joint statement.
And he said that Singh and I had a very ‘meaningful discussion’.
At the same time, after meeting Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh to take advantage of liberal FDI policies, US Defense Minister Austin said that other issues including mutual participation, information sharing and logistics support was discussed among the forces. This is the first US Defense Minister’s visit to India after Joe Biden was made President in the US.
Invites America to take advantage of liberal FDI policies
In a joint statement, the Indian Defense Minister said that we hope to take the India-US relationship one of the most important partnerships of the 21st century.
Singh said that I invite the defense industry of America to take advantage of liberal FDI policies in India’s defense sector. Singh added that there was a focused dialogue with the US on the steps to implement bilateral defense agreements such as LEMOA, COMCASA and BECA.
The Defense Minister said that there has been an agreement to increase cooperation between the Indian Army and America’s Indo-Pacific Command, Central Command, and Africa Command. He said that we reviewed bilateral and multilateral exercises. He said that we are committed to carrying forward the India-US global strategic partnership with full potential.
Elaborating on this, Austin said, “We discussed engagement with like-minded partners through multilateral groupings. As the Indo-Pacific region faces acute transnational challenges, such as climate change, and challenges to a free and open regional order, cooperation among like-minded countries is imperative to securing our shared vision for the future. Despite today’s challenging security environment, the partnership between the United States and India, the world’s two largest democracies, remains resilient and strong.”