US defence secretarys India visit starts today

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 7 2014, 08:30am hrs
Accompanied by a high-power delegation of military leadership, US Defence Secretary Chu-ck Hagels three-day visit to the capital is aimed at nurturing ties with India and pushing some of the pending deals.

During this visit, Hagels task is cut out for him: to explore and find a substantive agenda for US President Barack Obamas meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month. Three issues weapon sales, strategic cooperation and future co-production are the main areas of concern for the first defence dialogue with the Modi-led government.

During his three-day stay in New Delhi beginning August 7, Hagel will hold talks with Arun Jaitley and is also expected to meet National security advisor Ajit K Doval and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

He is also likely to call on Modi.