New Delhi [India]March 20 (ANI): India is an increasingly important partner in today’s rapidly changing international dynamic, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said on Saturday, adding that Washington-New Delhi relations are a “stronghold of a free.” and open Indos “are Pacific region”.
“I am pleased to announce that Minister Singh and I had a very productive discussion on a number of security issues that are important to our two countries. At the top of my agenda I wanted the message from the Biden Harris administration about our strength conveying commitment to our allies and partners. India in particular is an increasingly important partner in today’s rapidly changing international dynamic, “said Austin, as he made the joint statement with Defense Secretary Rajnath Singh.
Reiterating Washington’s support for India’s call for an open, free and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, Austin said: “In the face of the global pandemic and the growing challenge to an open and stable international system, the US-India relationship is a stronghold of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. “” Prime Minister Modi has stated that India stands for “freedom of navigation and overflights, unhindered legal trade and compliance with international law.” This is a clear confirmation of our shared vision for regional security in the Indo-Pacific. that the importance of this partnership and its impact on the international rules-based order will only increase in the coming years, “he said.
Austin said that he and Singh discussed ways to increase the US-India Major Defense Partnership, which is “a priority for the Biden-Harris administration through regional security cooperation, military interactions and defense trade.” In addition, we continue to drive new areas of collaboration, including information sharing, logistical collaboration, artificial intelligence, and collaboration in new areas such as space and cyber, “he continued, explaining that collaboration between like-minded countries is essential to securing the shared vision a free and open Indo-Pacific region for the future.
“Despite today’s challenging security environment, the partnership between the US and India – the two largest democracies in the world – remains robust and strong. We will take every opportunity to build on this important partnership,” added Austin.
The Indo-Pacific region is largely considered to be an area that encompasses the Indian Ocean as well as the western and central Pacific, including the South China Sea. China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and its efforts to penetrate the Indian Ocean have challenged the established rules-based system.
Austin, who arrived in Delhi earlier on Friday, is on a three-day official visit to the country. It is the first time a top Biden administration official has visited India. (ANI)