On the occasion of her bilateral talks with the US Defence Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon, Sitharaman said mutual trust and confidence in defence partnership between the two countries were growing.
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The Defence Minister further added that she was encouraged by the importance attached to the India-US defence relationship in the new US National Security Strategy.
Sitharaman said “A strong foundation has been laid for the India-US defence relationship over the years. India sees the US as an important partner in defence.”
Elaborating on India-US defence relation, Ms Sitharaman added that the two countries have good military to military cooperation, defence consultations, scientific collaborations and co-production and co-development and industry collaboration.
Expressing confidence that the bilateral talks would attach greater momentum to the dialogue and partnership between the two countries, she said the relationship continued to be very strong.
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The recent meetings between the two countries have underscored their mutual desire to move positively. The high-level exchanges are an indication of the depth and the quality of bilateral ties as well as their mutual desire to work closely on a range of regional and global issues, she added.
Sitharaman appreciated the responsiveness of the Trump Administration to India’s sensitivities.