Jaishankar Austin Discusses New Opportunities For Bilateral Defense Industrial Cooperation

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Jaishankar Austin Discusses New Opportunities For Bilateral Defense Industrial Cooperation

Washington:External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have discussed new opportunities for bilateral defense industrial cooperation. The Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defense, said the move would enhance India’s contribution as a regional security provider. Jaishankar, who is on a four-day official visit to Washington, went to the Pentagon on Monday to meet Austin. Giving information about the meeting, the Pentagon said that India and America are moving towards the next stage in their partnership.

Austin and Jaishankar committed to expanding information-sharing and logistical cooperation for deeper operational coordination between US and Indian forces. “They (Jaishankar and Austin) also discussed new opportunities for bilateral defense industrial cooperation in support of India’s contribution as a regional security provider,” the Pentagon said. It also includes launching a new defense dialogue later this year as the US and India work closer together in space, cyber, artificial intelligence and other technology areas.

Grand welcome at the Pentagon
During the meeting, the two leaders underscored the spirit of deep cooperation between the US, India, Australia, Japan and European partners. Welcoming the Secretary of State to the Pentagon, Austin referred to his recent telephonic conversation with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the conversation strengthens the growing partnership and aspirations between the two countries.


US Defense Secretary welcomes Jaishankar. (Twitter/DrSJaishankar)

“I am grateful for your friendship and we will work together towards our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Austin said. Looking forward to a great dialogue in this regard.” He said that maintaining the security of the region is particularly important. “In recent months, we have seen China attempting to challenge the International Court of Justice, taking unexpected provocative actions in and around the Gulf of Taiwan,” he said.

Indo-Pacific region becomes challenging
The Secretary of State and Austin have agreed that this year, especially in the Indo-Pacific, has increased global challenges. The two leaders emphasized the need to further strengthen bilateral ties, especially in defense ties. The remarks of the two leaders came amid China’s increasingly bully attitude in the region. “I want to tell you that the global situation has become more challenging this year due to various reasons, especially the Indo-Pacific region,” Jaishankar said in his opening remarks at the Pentagon meeting with Austin on Monday.
Pakistan irked by India’s aggressive foreign policy, issued this statement on Jaishankar’s remarks
External Affairs Minister tweeted
“It is important to ensure the stability, security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific. For this, cooperation between the two countries is the best solution.” China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. China has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea. China also has territorial disputes with Japan in the East China Sea. Jaishankar said that he believes that defense and security cooperation is the cornerstone of our contemporary relationship. After the meeting with Austin, Jaishankar tweeted, “Defence and security cooperation is a key pillar of the contemporary India-US partnership.” exchanged.”

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