US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit India before Modi’s visit


Washington. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit New Delhi next week to meet his Indian counterpart. The Pentagon has announced this. The visit is taking place ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit next month.

Exercise to strengthen defense partnership between India and America

The Pentagon announced the Defense Minister’s visit to Japan, Singapore, India and France next week. It said Austin will meet Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and other leaders in New Delhi as part of an exercise to strengthen the key US-India defense partnership. The Pentagon said the visit provides an opportunity to accelerate ongoing efforts to usher in new defense innovation and industrial cooperation and expand operational cooperation between the US and Indian militaries.

Will start official tour from Japan

Austin will begin his visit to Japan on his seventh official visit to the Indo-Pacific region. In Tokyo, he also plans to meet Japanese Defense Minister Yasukasu Hamada and other senior leaders as well as US troops stationed in Japan. From there, Austin will travel to Singapore, where he will address the 20th ‘Shangri-La Dialogue’ of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). After Singapore, Austin will travel to New Delhi and then to France to participate in D-Day (79th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy) events.

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