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Rajnath Singh meets Lloyd Austin; India-US to strengthen defence ties

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New Delhi: India and the US have agreed to strengthen their defence ties on Saturday. In a joint statement issued after the meeting between US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh here at Vigyan Bhawan, the leaders said that both the countries would strengthen their defence ties. Lloyd is on his three-day visit to India.

During the meeting, both the leaders discussed many vital issues and agreed to the defence co-operation.

“We discussed today a range of issues with a focus on enhancing defence information sharing, cooperation in emerging domains of defence, mutual logistics support, and expanding military-to-military engagements across services,” the Defence Minister said in a series of tweets.

He said: “We are determined to expand India-US cooperation – from bilateral and multilateral exercises to developing closer bilateral linkages. We intend to pursue enhanced cooperation between the Indian military and US Indo-Pacific Command, Central Command and Africa Command.”

“We both agreed that there are opportunities for collaboration in the defence industry. The recent and first Leaders’ Summit of India, USA, Japan and Australia has emphasized our resolve to maintain a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific,” the Minister further said.

“Today we reaffirmed that closer India-US cooperation in partnership with countries keen to uphold rules-based order, can promote security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” he added.

In a joint statement, the Union minister said that we also reviewed several bilateral and multilateral exercises and we agreed to enhance the cooperation of the Indian Army, US Indo-Pacific Command, Center Command and Africa Command.

We have signed LEMOA, COMCASA and BECA agreements and we have agreed to realize their full potential, he added.

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