US Defence Secy Austin likely to visit India later this month

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin likely to visit India later this month, according to sources. His visit would be the first in-person visit by any member of President Joe Biden’s administration to visit India.

In January, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his counterpart Austin emphasised Washington’s commitment to the Major Defense Partnership with New Delhi. The two leaders also held talks over the two countries’ vision of an open and free Indo-Pacific region.

“Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke with Indian Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh and during the call, Austin emphasized the Department’s commitment to the US-India Major Defense Partnership, observing that it is built upon shared values and a common interest in ensuring the Indo-Pacific region remains free and open,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.