April 12th, 2016 16:46 EST
Ash Carter Meets With Indian Prime Minister
Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in New Delhi, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a readout released following the meeting.
Carter and Modi reaffirmed the strategic importance of the U.S.-India defense relationship and their commitment to realizing the strategic partnership as one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century, Cook said.
The two leaders discussed the secretary`s trip to Goa, and to Karwar Naval Base and the aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya -- a first for a U.S. defense secretary -- as well as a range of security issues, the press secretary said.
Carter shared with Modi his views on the military-to-military ties between the two countries and his optimism regarding expanded cooperation in the future, he said. The defense secretary also highlighted recent advances in the U.S.-India defense relationship, including today`s agreement in principle on logistics cooperation and a new maritime security dialogue.
The prime minister and the secretary agreed that continued collaboration on defense technology, including aircraft carrier design and jet engines, will open new opportunities for co-development and co-production and further elevate the relationship, " Cook said. The secretary also highlighted how impressed he was with the Indian entrepreneurs and innovators he met with during a breakfast roundtable in New Delhi. "
During their meeting, the prime minister and Carter set priorities to further implement the Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Regions, reflecting the growing strategic convergence between the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and India`s "Act East," the press secretary said The secretary reinforced his view that India, like the United States, seeks to be a net exporter of security, " Cook said, and the two countries will continue to work with other partners to shape a regional security architecture that will allow all to rise and prosper. "
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