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  1. US Secretary of Defence meets Manohar Parrikar, Sushma Swaraj

US Secretary of Defence meets Manohar Parrikar, Sushma Swaraj

US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter on Wednesday met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

By: | Published: June 4, 2015 9:15 AM

US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter on Wednesday met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Carter had also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier.

Before arriving in Delhi, Secretary Carter also visited the Eastern Naval Command.

The Defence Minister and Secretary Carter discussed the India-U.S. defence relationship, and the broader India-US Strategic Partnership, and reaffirmed their commitment to expand and deepen the bilateral defence relationship.

The two also reviewed the existing and emerging regional security dynamics.

Parrikar and Secretary Carter signed the 2015 Framework for the India-US Defence Relationship, which builds upon the previous framework and successes to guide the bilateral defence and strategic partnership for the next ten years.

The new Framework agreement provides avenues for high level strategic discussions, continued exchanges between armed forces of both countries, and strengthening of defence capabilities.

The duo agreed to continue their efforts to enhance bilateral cooperation in areas of mutual interest, such as maritime security and knowledge partnership in the field of Defence.

Secretary Carter thanked Parrikar for the help extended in the search for the US helicopter which went missing during the relief operations in Nepal.

Secretary Carter invited the Defence Minister to visit US for the next meeting and the latter accepted the invitation in principle.

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