US Lloyd Austin Visit India: Eli Ratner, Assistant Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs in the US Department of Defense, has told that US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit India in early June. He said that he would discuss bilateral defense cooperation in India. India and America are now more politically connected than ever before.
Eli Ratner said that it was clear from the top political leadership of the American system that America’s defense relationship with India was a top priority. He Prime Minister on 22 June Narendra Modi Indicated major announcements during US visit. Expressed clear support for co-production and co-development of security systems to strengthen India’s indigenous capabilities.
4th US cabinet level secretary visit
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin took charge in January 2021. After this this will be his second visit. At the same time, it will be his seventh visit to the Indo-Pacific. For now, Lloyd Austin will travel to Tokyo and Singapore, where he will address the Shangrila Dialogue. After this he will come to Delhi on 4th June. The US Defense Secretary’s visit is taking place before PM Modi’s US state visit.
During this visit, the issues of defense cooperation will be included prominently. Austin is the fourth US cabinet-level secretary to visit India this year. Earlier in the month of February and March, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo had visited India.
India’s major defense partnership will be
Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading think tank in Washington DC, Ratner said the Austin visit is necessary as the US builds, deepens, modernises and moves into the future and will continue to be a major defense partnership with India. .
He mentioned the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (ICT) this January, of which security technology is a major reason. The recent visit of the Indian Defense Secretary, the upcoming visit to Austin and the visit of PM Modi for bilateral talks with the top officials of the Pentagon will prove to be important.
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