India and the United States intend to develop joint defense cooperation as well as with partners in the Indo-Pacific region. This was stated in a joint statement issued today, October 27, as a result of the Indo-American ministerial dialogue in the format of “two plus two”, which was attended by India’s Foreign Minister Subramaniya Jayshankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, and by the U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Pentagon Head Mark Esper.
“The Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to deepen bilateral consultations and cooperation in defense and to explore opportunities to expand joint capacity-building efforts with partners across the region,” the communiqué said.
The two sides reaffirmed their commitment to expanding cooperation between the Indian military and U.S. Central Command and U.S. Africa Command, including greater participation in maneuvers and conferences to promote common security interests. The two countries also intend to promote ties between defense industries.
“Recognizing India’s contribution to the global value chain of major defense platforms and commitment to defense innovation, the secretaries reiterated the importance of the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative and expressed their intention to accelerate projects under the Initiative,” the document stresses.
It also points out that India looks forward to U.S. participation in the upcoming Aero India International Air Show, to be held in February 2021.