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Indian Foreign Secretary Meets US Under Secretary of Defense, Discussion on Advancement of Defense Cooperation



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The two senior officers met before the 2+2 ministerial meeting
Said to emphasize promoting a free and independent Indo-Pacific
The United States recognized India as a “major defense partner” in 2016

Washington, Foreign Minister Vinay Kwatra met Colin Kahl, the US Undersecretary of Defense for Political Affairs, and the two senior officials discussed how to advance bilateral defense cooperation. At the same time, the two sides stressed the importance of the “key defense partnership between India and the United States”, which has helped shape the future of the Indo-Pacific region.

Kwatra is currently on an official visit to the United States. He met with Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Monday and discussed India-US relations and ways to advance their bilateral security and regional cooperation, the situation in the Indo-Pacific region and Ukraine. At Tuesday’s meeting, Kahal and Kwatra discussed initiatives to advance bilateral defense cooperation ahead of the upcoming “2+2” ministerial meeting in New Delhi, according to a press release.

Kahal tweeted, “I had a pleasant meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary VM Kwatra this afternoon. We discussed a series of bilateral initiatives, including promoting the US-India defense partnership and promoting a “free and independent Indo-Pacific. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. David Herndon said, “The two leaders discussed the Indian Ocean region and exchanged views on developments related to mutual security interests, including in Europe. Expand information sharing and logistical cooperation to facilitate operational coordination between U.S. and Indian forces; and accelerating India’s indigenous defense production through bilateral defense industrial cooperation and partnership in emerging defense areas.

Since its inception in 2018, the “2+2” Ministerial Forum has enabled the United States and India to work toward building a comprehensive and advanced defense partnership, ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The Pentagon had previously said that the United States has a very close partnership and defense relationship with India and that the two countries will continue to work together to further develop this relationship.

The United States recognized India as a “major defense partner” in 2016, a status that allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technology from the United States on equal terms with allies and partners. closest to America, and lasting cooperation in the future. India, the United States and several other world powers have spoken of the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region amid China’s growing military presence in the region. Kwatra arrived in Washington DC from New York on Sunday evening.

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