Jaishankar discusses Indo-US strategic and defence partnership with Defence Secretary Austin

Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had a “warm meeting” with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Friday, where they discussed the further development of the strategic and defense partnership between the two countries and exchanged views on “current security challenges”.

Jaishankar, who is on an official trip to the US, is the first Indian Cabinet Secretary to visit the country since Joe Biden became US President on January 20.

” A warm meeting with US @SecDef Lloyd Austin. A comprehensive discussion about the further development of our strategy and defense partnership. “Jaishankar tweeted after the meeting and shared a photo of them together.

He said they had exchanged “current security challenges”.

The two leaders are expected to have discussed the situation in the strategic Indo-Pacific region, where China has been tightening its military muscles.

Both India and the US have advocated a rules-based international order and a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

The US, India, Japan and Australia quad group has already promised to expand its cooperation in the Indo-Pacific amid China’s aggressive actions in the region.

The US prefers Quad as a security architecture to check out China’s growing assertiveness.

Jaishankar also expressed appreciation for the US military role in responding to the COVID-19 situation in India.

The U.S. military has shipped essential medical equipment and supplies to India to help the country fight the second surge in COVID-19 cases.

In April and May, three US military aircraft brought aid to India in the form of items for the manufacture of vaccines, personal protective equipment, rapid diagnostic kits, oxygen cylinders and regulators, and tranches of antiviral remdesivir.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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