The parties also confirmed their commitment to expanding cooperation between the Indian military and the US Central Command and the US African command.
India and the United States intend to develop defense cooperation with each other and partners in the Indo-Pacific region. This is stated in a joint statement issued on Tuesday following the results of the Indian-American Ministerial dialogue in the “two plus two” format, which was attended by Indian foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, as well as US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Pentagon chief Mark Esper.
“The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to deepening bilateral consultations and cooperation in the field of defense and exploring opportunities to expand joint capacity-building efforts with partners throughout the region,” the statement said.
The meeting also reaffirmed their commitment to expanding the Indian military’s cooperation with the US Central Command and the US African Command, including greater participation in maneuvers and conferences to promote common security interests. The parties also intend to promote the development of relations between the two countries’ defense industries, the statement says.
“Recognizing India’s contribution to the global value chain of major defense platforms and commitment to defense innovation, the Ministers reiterated the importance of the defense technology and trade initiative and expressed their intention to accelerate the implementation of projects under this initiative,” the report said.
Also, it indicates that India is looking forward to US participation in the upcoming Aero India international air show, which is scheduled to take place in February 2021.