Lloyd Austin (left) with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh addresses a joint media briefing in New Delhi. AFP
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin and his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh on Saturday discussed elevating and strengthening defence ties between the two nations, challenges confronting the region, as well as concerns over Chinese aggression and especially on information sharing and logistics.
The Indian Defence Ministry said that Singh and Austin "are expected to discuss ways to further strengthen bilateral defence cooperation and exchange views on regional security challenges and common interests in maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region".
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin addresses a joint media briefing held in New Delhi on Saturday. AFP
"Discussions regarding defence cooperation would also focus on how both countries could consolidate military-to-military cooperation and defence trade and industry cooperation."Austin is making the first visit by a top member of US President Joe Biden's administration to New Delhi as part of efforts to forge a alliance of countries seeking to push back against China's assertiveness in the region.
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday sought to allay growing concerns that his trillion-dollar Belt and Road project was pushing poor countries in a “debt trap” and pledged to make the connectivity scheme transparent. At the opening ceremony of the second edition of the three-day Belt and Road Forum,
Blinken's comments came after India's defence and foreign ministers opposed a US decision to provide a support package of about $450 million for Pakistan's fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets.
A senior White House official said Sullivan reiterated the US policy of recognising Chinese sovereignty but expressed "concerns about Beijing's coercive and aggressive actions across the Taiwan Strait".
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will hold talks with Indian leaders in New Delhi on Friday, Indian official said, as part of a tour to build support against Iran over its nuclear programme and its ties to militant networks.
While it is customary in the Pacific Coast city for people to stop on the left side of escalators and keeping the right open for those in a hurry, there have been instances of several people losing their balance and knocking others off as well.
With effect from 2nd October 2023, the Zoo and its facilities will be open from 9 am to 6 pm daily with tours and experiences suitable for all family members.
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