India-America Relation: The friendship between India and America is well known. China and Pakistan are very jealous of this friendship. America and India are jointly taking defense projects forward and the strategic partnership between the two countries continues. Amidst the standoff with China in Galwan and Doklam, America and India are strengthening defense relations. Meanwhile, US Defense Minister Lloyd Austin has made a big announcement on Friday during his visit to India. He has said that India and America will jointly manufacture combat armored vehicles under defense industrial cooperation.
Foreign Minister Antony Blinken was also included in the American delegation
Austin was talking to some reporters after ‘two plus two’ defense and foreign ministerial discussions in Delhi. Apart from Austin, the US delegation also included Foreign Minister Antony Blinken. The Indian side was led by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. “We are working together to co-produce armored vehicles and that is extremely important,” Austin said. In response to a question, he said that various issues including the growing security challenges from China were discussed during the meeting.
What else did US Defense Minister Austin say on US-India relations?
He also said that US-India relations are not based only on the challenges faced by China, but are based on the shared values of both the countries. When asked about India’s project to purchase 31 MQ-9B drones from the US, Austin said that it will be announced at the appropriate time. He said that government officials are doing everything possible to ensure that India gets that capability as soon as possible.
America and India together from sky to sea
Austin said, ‘We are expanding US-India defense cooperation in a variety of areas, from space to undersea.’ He said, ‘We discussed important developments in the Indo-Pacific region, the Middle East and Ukraine.’ The US Defense Secretary said that the current US-India cooperation is stronger than ever.
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