US, India seek to deepen defense ties and sign key accord US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence James Mattis pose beside India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman before the start of their meeting in New Delhi, India, September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
The United States and India began talks in New Delhi to deepen political and security ties on Thursday, with officials hoping for an accord on military communications that could lead to increased U.S. arms sales to the South Asian giant. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with India‘s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a two-plus-two setting. The world’s two largest democracies have drawn closer in recent years, seeking ways to counter-balance China’s spreading influence across Asia, notably in Pakistan, Southeast Asia and theIndian Ocean. “My visit is a firm indicator of what…
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