First official talks in between Modi, Joe Biden governments, both reaffirm focus on Indo Pacific
Throughout the call, which was made from the US side, there was a reaffirmation of the Indo Pacific vision, backed by both Washington and Delhi.
File: Joe Biden and PM Modi
New US defence secretary Lloyd Austin and the Indian defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke on Wednesday, in what is the first official and public contact in between the Indian govt and the brand-new Biden administration.
The talks that began around 7. Throughout the call, which was made from the United States side, there was a reaffirmation of the Indo Pacific vision, backed by both Washington and Delhi.
The Indian government readout stated, “During the telephonic talk, they declared their commitment to work together to strengthen the complex India – US defence cooperation and the tactical partnership. Raksha Mantri and Secretary Austin discussed bilateral, local and global problems.” Rajnath Singh likewise tweeted about the talks, stating that India restated its firm dedication to deepen ties with the United States. “Spoke with my United States equivalent Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin and communicated my warm wishes on his consultation. We repeated our firm commitment to deepen India-US defence cooperation. We exchanged views on regional and worldwide issues of shared interest to enhance our tactical partnership,” the tweet read.
Spoke with my United States counterpart, @SecDef Austin & conveyed my warm desires on his consultation. We repeated our firm dedication to deepen India-US defence cooperation.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) January 27, 2021
The reality that the US side declared its position on Indo Pacific, reveal no change of belief in Washington on the vision. It is considered that China stayed another focus area of the talks.
The call comes a few days after the US Senate confirmed Austin as the United States Defense Secretary. He is the very first black defence secretary of US.
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