US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit India next week
Secretary Austin’s visit to India emphasizes the strength of the India-US strategic partnership
US Secretary of Defence, General Lloyd J Austin will visit India from 19 to 21 March 2021, marking the first overseas trip of a senior member of the President Joe Biden-led administration.
During his visit, Secretary Austin is expected to meet Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior dignitaries of the Government of India.
Both Sides are expected to discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation and exchange views on regional security challenges and common interests in maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
Discussions regarding defence cooperation would also focus on how both countries could consolidate military-to-military cooperation and defence trade and industry cooperation.
Secretary Austin’s visit to India as part of his first overseas travel, emphasizes the strength of the India-US strategic partnership.