Defence Minister Rajnath Singh holds talks with his US counterpart Lloyd Austin

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Defence-Minister-Rajnath-SinghDefence Minister Rajnath Singh, held discussions with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin in New Delhi on 5th June. 

An overview of the news

  • The meeting focused on strengthening defence cooperation in various areas, including aligning strategic interests and enhancing security cooperation.

  • During the talks, Minister Singh emphasized the significance of the India-US partnership in ensuring a free, open, and rules-based Indo-Pacific region. 

  • He expressed India's commitment to closely collaborate with the United States across different domains, aiming for capacity building and further strengthening strategic partnership.

  • Both ministers explored opportunities to build resilient supply chains and identified areas for co-development of new technologies and co-production of existing and new systems.

  • Facilitation to enhance cooperation between the defense start-up ecosystems of the two countries was also discussed.

  • A roadmap for US-India defense industrial cooperation was agreed upon, which will shape their cooperation in the years to come.

  • They welcomed the recent dialogues focused on Defense Artificial Intelligence and Defense Space.

  • Regional security issues were also discussed, reflecting their shared interest in promoting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

  • The meeting was attended by senior officials of the Ministry of Defense including Chief of Defense Staff General Anil Chauhan, Defense Secretary Giridhar Armane and DRDO Secretary and Chairman Dr Sameer V Kamat.

India America relations

Historical Background

  • The establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the United States dates back to 1947.

  • Both countries share common values of democracy, pluralism and rule of law.

Strategic Partnership

  • India and the United States have developed a strong strategic partnership based on shared interests and values.

  • The partnership has seen significant growth in various areas including defence, trade and technology.

Defense and Security Cooperation

  • Defense cooperation between India and the US has expanded significantly in recent years.

  • Both countries engage in joint military exercises, defense equipment cooperation and intelligence sharing.

  • Defense ties have been strengthened by the signing of the US-India Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI).

Economic and trade relations

  • Economic relations between India and America have grown steadily.

  • The US is one of India's largest trading partners and bilateral trade has grown over the years.

  • Both the countries have signed various agreements to enhance economic cooperation and promote investments.

Technology and Innovation

  • India and the US cooperate in the fields of science, technology and innovation.

  • Cooperation has been promoted in areas such as space exploration, clean energy and information technology.

  • The US has supported India's initiatives like Digital India and Skill India.

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