Rajnath Singh dials US Secy of Defence, discusses enhanced security cooperation

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dialled the US Secretary of Defence, Lloyd Austin on Wednesday and discussed the enhanced defence and security cooperation as he raised India's concern at the decision of the US to provide a sustenance package for Pakistan's F-16 fleet.


ANI | New Delhi | Updated: 14-09-2022 20:17 IST | Created: 14-09-2022 20:17 IST
Rajnath Singh dials US Secy of Defence, discusses enhanced security cooperation
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and US Secretary of Defence, Lloyd Austin.. Image Credit: ANI
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh dialled the US Secretary of Defence, Lloyd Austin on Wednesday and discussed the enhanced defence and security cooperation as he raised India's concern at the decision of the US to provide a sustenance package for Pakistan's F-16 fleet. In a tweet, the Defence Minister said, "Had a warm and productive telephonic conversation with the US Secretary of Defence, Mr Lloyd Austin. We discussed the growing convergence of strategic interests and enhanced defence & security cooperation. @SecDef"

"I conveyed India's concern at the recent US decision to provide sustenance package for Pakistan's F-16 fleet. Look forward to continuing dialogue with Secretary Austin to further consolidating India-US partnership," he added. The defence minister also discussed ways to strengthen technological and industrial collaboration between the two countries with his US counterpart and also underlined the importance of cooperation in emerging and critical technologies.

"We also discussed ways to strengthen technological and industrial collaboration and explore cooperation in emerging and critical technologies," Singh wrote on Twitter. Notably, India is the centrepiece of the Joe Biden administration's Indo-Pacific strategy - Indian Foreign and Defence Ministers recently held the '2+2' meeting with their American counterparts.

India-US bilateral partnership today encompasses a whole host of issues including the response to Covid-19, economic recovery post-pandemic, the climate crisis and sustainable development, critical and emerging technologies, supply chain resilience, education, the diaspora and defence and security. The breadth and depth of Indo-US ties remain unmatched and the drivers of this partnership have been growing at an unprecedented rate. The relationship remains unique insofar as this is driven at both levels: at the strategic elite as well as at the people-to-people level. (ANI)

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