U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III has arrived to India

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III arrived to India March 19 for a first day of meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.

“Secretary Austin commended India’s leadership role in the Indo-Pacific and growing engagement with like-minded partners across the region to promote shared goals,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to promote a free and open regional order.  Both sides exchanged perspectives on shared challenges confronting the region and committed to further strengthen their broad ranging and robust defense cooperation.”

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