United States review bilateral defense cooperation

And the two nations are looking to evolve a robust counter terror partnership by cooperating on areas as wide ranging as providing border technologies, enhancing intelligence exchanges as well as greater technical support by the U.S.to Indian law enforcement agencies.

Our military-to-military engagement continues to grow.

An aggressive China has brought USA and Japan closer. As we speak, our Armies are conducting their Exercise Yudh Abhyas. We have made a decision to explore additional military exercises, we will cooperate on defense technology, expand co-development projects.

"Cooperation in defence equipment has grown steadily over the past years".

"The U.S. has time and again persuaded India in this regard".

US Defence Secretary held delegation level talks with the Union defence minister. Responding to the demand, Nirmala Sitharaman put forward India's position in the joint statement. The agendas of defence partnership and building weapon in India under Make in India program is very high.

Both sides are also expected to discuss and broader the scope of Defence Technology Trade Initiative (DTTI).

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"We are also at the moment training their officials in good governance..."

His visit to India and likely discussions on the situation in Afghanistan takes place amid concerns by Pakistan regarding the growing role of India in Afghanistan.

India welcomed President Trump's new US Strategy for Afghanistan announced last month.

In the backdrop of growing Chinese military footprint in Indian Ocean and its stance in South China Sea, India and U.S. stressed the need for further expanding their maritime co-operation and reiterated their support for "freedom of navigation, over-flight and unimpeded lawful commerce".

The Minister also discussed Afghanistan issue with her USA counterpart, and clarified that India will not send troops to Afghanistan. "We share a common vision for a peaceful and prosperous vision in the Indo-Pacific region, one that's based on that strong, rules-based global order, and the peaceful resolution of disputes and territorial integrity", he added. I am happy to note that Secretary Mattis reaffirmed the United States position in support of these principles.

The US Defence Secretary did not name Pakistan but Sitharaman minced no words in saying that terror attacks in Mumbai or in NY originated from Pakistan.


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