US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stressed the importance of the relationship between India and the US and said today that both countries are positioning their militaries to operate and coordinate more closely than ever.
Lloyd Austin met Secretary of State S Jaishankar at the Pentagon on Sept. 26.
“The ties between India and the United States – the two largest democracies in the world – including military ties, are growing stronger,” he said in the statement from the US Department of Defense.
“These conversations reinforce a growing depth, breadth and ambition of our partnership,” said Lloyd Austin. “And that partnership is getting stronger.”
According to the statement, military cooperation between the two nations is at an all-time high.
“Indian and US military personnel regularly practice together, and the two governments regularly share information and intelligence, especially in the wake of the geospatial agreement signed between the two governments in 2020. India participates in the US international military education and training program” , the statement says read on.
“Today we are positioning the US and Indian armies to work and coordinate more closely than ever before,” said Lloyd Austin.
He further said in the statement: “We are taking important steps to deepen our defense cooperation, from stronger information sharing and defense industrial ties to cooperation in emerging defense domains, including by launching a new dialogue later this year.”
The Indian military is increasingly interoperable with its US partners. India has purchased Apache and Seahawk helicopters and has expressed interest in other US defense capabilities.
“All of this will help make our armies ready for future challenges,” the secretary said.
The two nations cooperate bilaterally, as well as with other nations. “The United States and India, along with a dozen other Indo-Pacific partners, are pushing to expand our region’s prosperity through the Indo-Pacific Economic Dialogue,” said Lloyd Austin.
“And through our closer cooperation with Japan and Australia, we are addressing the issues most important to the region: infrastructure development and maritime security.”
During the opening address in Washington, the Pentagon chief also recalled his recent conversation with Defense Secretary Rajnath Singh and said the defense partnership between India and the US is going strong and from strength to strength.
In the conversation, while advocating for stronger ties, Rajnath Singh also conveyed India’s concerns regarding the US food package for Pakistan’s F-16 fleet.
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