Rajnath holds bilateral meeting with US defense secy

New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin earlier this week in Cambodia as the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest while expressing their commitment to a strong India-US defense cooperation.

Singh and Austin are in Cambodia to attend the 9th ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) Plus, the defense ministry here said in a statement. It said Singh and Austin met each other at Siem Reap with “great warmth” and “expressed satisfaction at the growing bilateral defense engagements”.

The two leaders discussed a “wide range of issues of mutual interest while expressing their commitment to a strong India-US defense cooperation”.

Singh emphasized the need for both countries to work together for capability building in critical domains such as military aviation, artificial intelligence and cyber technology. The defense minister looked forward to building a roadmap towards greater defense industrial collaboration between India and the US, the statement said.

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