US Defense Minister Lloyd J. Austin is scheduled to visit India later this month. During this time, they will hold delegation-level talks to further strengthen the bilateral defense partnership between India and the United States. This is the first visit of a US high diplomat to India after Joe Biden became President in January. The first black defense minister in the history of America, Austin’s visit to India is part of his visit to the Indo-Pacific countries. This visit to Austin in March is also important because in the same month the summit is going to be held between the QUAD countries (India, USA, Australia and Japan).
Will talk to Rajnath Singh on bilateral defense agreement
During his visit, Austin will hold talks with the country’s Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to further strengthen the bilateral defense agreement between the two countries. Also, keeping the Indo-Pacific region at the center, they will also discuss important regional and global issues for both countries. The talks between the two countries are underway on a number of defense deals since the tenure of former US President Donald Trump, which now has indications of being renewed. According to experts, this visit of Austin is an attempt from the US to show that the alliance of this region will be given more attention than ever before with the policy of the Indo-Pacific region.
Quad countries summit to be held this month
Significantly, this month also the summit will be held between the quad countries. This meeting is likely to be held from March 12 to March 18. The conference may include Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison and Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihida Suga.
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