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Jaishankar meets US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin; discusses bilateral defence cooperation, global security challenges

S Jaishankar meets US Defence Secretary Loyd Austin. Twitter/@DrSJaishankar

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has met US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and held a productive dialog with him on deepening bilateral defence cooperation, together with within the co-production of defence articles, and exchanged views on quite a lot of safety points.

He additionally met Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

After his assembly with Austin on the Pentagon on Friday, Jaishankar posted on X, “Productive conversation on our bilateral defence cooperation. Useful exchange on global security challenges.”

“I was glad to host Indian External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar at the Pentagon today to discuss US-India cooperation across the Indo-Pacific region”, Austin mentioned.

The Pentagon mentioned the 2 officers exchanged views on quite a lot of safety points, together with current developments in East Asia and the Indian Ocean area.

Austin and Jaishankar mentioned alternatives to deepen bilateral defence cooperation, together with expanded defence industrial cooperation and co-production of defence articles; streamlined logistics procedures to reinforce operational cooperation; and continued implementation of the India-US Defence Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X), mentioned Pentagon’s Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Singh.

Within the assembly with the Commerce Secretary, they appreciated the numerous progress in expertise collaboration and financial partnership this 12 months.

“Agreed to enhance their momentum”, Jaishankar mentioned.

A day earlier, he had conferences with Nationwide Safety Advisor, Jake Sullivan, US Commerce Consultant Katherine Tai and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

He additionally interacted with the enterprise group over luncheon: on Thursday with the US India Strategic and Partnership Discussion board and with the US India Enterprise Council (USIBC) on Friday.

“A stimulating meeting today with the US defence industry at @USIBC. Discussed how strategic convergence, technology collaboration and easier-to-do business are coming together to transform our defence partnership,” Jaishankar posted on X.

He additionally had an opportunity to satisfy members of the US Congress and think-tank representatives right here.

“This year, of course, I think, the big event is still in a sense the determining context is our prime minister’s visit (in June). A lot of what we’ve been doing since then has been to realise the various agreements and understandings that were reached,” Jaishankar informed Indian reporters at a gathering on the Indian Embassy right here.

“A lot of our discussions were in stock-taking to assess the progress to see what is it we should be doing more or where is it that has not been the progress matching expectations. We hope now to take that entire process forward into the 2+2 meeting, which will take place a few weeks from now,” he mentioned.

“We look forward to welcoming secretaries Blinken and Austin to India,” he added.

In a press release, USTR mentioned that Tai and Jaishankar took inventory of current developments and constructive momentum within the US-India commerce relationship following the decision of seven long-standing disputes on the World Commerce Organisation and India’s discount of tariffs on sure US merchandise.

“They also discussed their interest in working more constructively on the broader WTO agenda, including reforming the organisation to serve the needs of all people,” mentioned the assertion.

“Tai and Jaishankar shared views on India’s important role in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework as well as potential sectors for further collaboration on supply chain resilience, including critical minerals,” USTR mentioned.

“The two leaders agreed to remain in contact on these and other issues as the respective teams continue planning the next meeting of the US-India Trade Policy Forum,” it mentioned.

On Saturday, Jaishankar is scheduled to interact with eminent Indian People from throughout the nation on the India Home.



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