washington, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin III 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. The Pentagon on Thursday 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 visit provides an opportunity to usher in new defense innovation and industrial collaborations and accelerate ongoing efforts to expand operational cooperation between the US and Indian militaries,” the Pentagon said.
The United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III will visit Japan, Singapore, India, and France next week.
Secretary Austin will visit Delhi to meet with Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and other leaders as the United States and India continue to modernize the US-India… pic.twitter.com/ho3poZ4ewr
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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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