Lloyd flew into India on Friday as a part of his three-nation first abroad tour that signalled the Biden administration’s sturdy dedication to its relations with its shut allies and companions within the Indo-Pacific area. He visited Japan and South Korea earlier than arriving right here.
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“Welcomed US @SecDef Lloyd Austin at MEA. A wide-ranging conversation on the global strategic situation. Look forward to working with him on enhancing our strategic partnership,” Jaishankar tweeted.
Earlier within the day, Austin and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held “comprehensive” talks that noticed either side resolving to additional consolidate their strong defence partnership by means of deeper military-to-military engagement, info sharing and logistics cooperation.
In his media assertion, Austin mentioned India is an “increasingly important partner amid today’s rapidly shifting international dynamics and I reaffirmed our commitment to a comprehensive and forward-looking defense partnership with India as a central pillar of our approach to the region.”
On Friday, Austin referred to as on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
“Great meeting with National Security Advisor Doval last night. The breadth of collaboration between our two nations reflects the significance of our Major Defense Partnership as we work together to address the most pressing challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region,” he tweeted.