The New US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will be visiting India later this month. His trip will be a part of a larger plan to visit Indo-Pacific countries.
This will be the first in-person visit of any top Biden administration official to Delhi and comes two months after the new president took charge in Washington.
The visit happens as work is in progress for the Quad leadership meeting. The meet will be attended by President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison, PM Narendra Modi, and Japan’s Yoshihide Suga.
Australian PM Scott Morrison confirming plans of the meet said, “I am looking forward to that first gathering of quad leaders. It will be the first-ever gathering of quad leaders. I already had bilateral discussions with Narendra Modi and Yoshihide Suga, the PM of Japan and PM of India.”
India and the US share close defense cooperation with Washington authorizing over $20 billion in defense sales to India.
The US State Department last week said, “It’s these offers of advanced US defense platforms that demonstrate our commitment to India’s security and sovereignty. It demonstrates our commitment to that global, comprehensive, strategic partnership.”