PM Modi emphasizes on role of defence cooperation in India-US ties

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday emphasized the important role of bilateral defence cooperation in India-U.S. ties.

Mr Modi’s remarks came when the visiting U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd James Austin III called on him this evening. It is the first high level visit from the U.S. to India after the new administration of President Joe Biden took over office in January.

The Prime Minister welcomed the warm and close relationship between the two countries and outlined his vision for strategic partnership between India and the U.S.

Mr Modi requested Defence Secretary James Austin to convey his best wishes to President Biden. The Defence Secretary conveyed the greetings of President Biden to the Prime Minister.

The U.S. Defence Secretary reiterated the U.S. government’s continued commitment towards strengthening bilateral defence relations between the two countries. He expressed strong desire on the part of his country to further enhance strategic partnership for peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

Earlier, Defence Secretary Lloyd James Austin III arrived here on a three-day official visit to India and was received at the Palam Air Force station by the defence officials.

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