India, US in big agreement after CDS Bipin Rawat meets General Austin

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd J Austin on Sunday said it was an honor to meet India’s Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat during his recent visit to the US, during which he called for a stable Indo-US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commitment confirmed.

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US Defense Secretary Lloyd J Austin on Sunday said it was an honor to meet India’s Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat during his recent visit to the US, during which he called for a stable Indo-US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. Commitment confirmed.

Austin called Rawat’s visit to the US “historic” on Twitter.

“It was an honor to meet Indian Chief of Defense Staff General Rawat during his historic visit to the Pentagon last week. We reaffirmed our enduring commitment to #FreeandOpenIndoPacific and drive greater interoperability between the US and Indian Armed Forces. methods were discussed.” He tweeted.

According to a Pentagon statement, Rawat met with Austin on Thursday during which the two exchanged views on taking forward the defense partnership.

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Austin and Rawat exchanged views on priorities for advancing the US-India defense partnership, including new defense areas such as space, cyber and emerging technologies, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said in a readout of the conversation on Thursday. includes increasing cooperation.

Earlier on Thursday, Gen Rawat met US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A Milley in Washington and the two discussed a range of issues, including ways to ensure regional security.

The Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Public Affairs said in a statement that the top officials agreed to continue cooperation in the training exercise and create more opportunities to enhance interoperability between the two armies.

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Milley had received General Rawat during the Armed Forces Full Honor Arrival Ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. General Rawat laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as part of his official visit.

First published:October 4, 2021, 6:05 am

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