U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kathleen Hicks met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval here to discuss priorities for the U.S.-India bilateral defense partnership, according to the Pentagon.
The talks will also include strengthening policy and operational coordination in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as enhancing defense-industrial cooperation between the two countries, he said.
“They discussed various topics such as US-India defense cooperation and regional security issues,” the Indian embassy said in a tweet on Tuesday.
In a readout to the conference, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said Hicks reiterated that building alliances and partnerships is a top Pentagon priority and critical to the continued implementation of the U.S. national defense strategy. said.
She thanked Dval for India’s leadership in the region and discussed means of deepening coordination between the U.S. and Indian militaries to address the region’s increasingly contested strategic environment.
“The two also discussed opportunities to enhance bilateral defense industry cooperation through innovative joint efforts between U.S. and Indian companies that support India’s unique operational requirements.
Mr. Hicks and Mr. Dorval said they looked forward to moving forward with the development of the US-India defense partnership, readout of the meeting said.
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