Hagel, Indian Leaders
Discuss Deepening Cooperation
DoD News, Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. – (DoD
News) – August 8, 2014 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in New Delhi
today with top leaders in India’s new government to discuss deepening the
cooperation between the world’s largest democracy and the world’s oldest
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel meets in New Delhi with Indian
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, Aug. 8, 2014
In statements summarizing Hagel’s meetings with Prime
Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Pentagon
Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said Hagel and the Indian leaders
discussed the importance of continuing robust defense cooperation, particularly
in terms of co-development and co-production, and through military education and
Modi's forward-looking agenda for his summit with President
Barack Obama in the fall was part of Hagel’s discussion with Modi, Kirby said,
as well as new ways for the United States and India to deepen strategic ties
while addressing a range of global issues.
“Topics covered in the discussion included Iraq, Afghanistan,
the threat of terrorism in the Middle East, as well as security issues in the
areas comprised by the Indian and Pacific oceans,” the press secretary said.
Hagel’s meeting with Swaraj was the first conversation
between the two leaders, Kirby noted.
“Secretary Hagel expressed his strong desire to strengthen
and deepen the relationship, especially in the defense sector,” he said. “The
two leaders discussed strategic geopolitical issues, to include Iraq,
Afghanistan and increasing cooperation in the Indian Ocean and Pacific regions.”
Hagel and Swaraj reaffirmed their commitment to strong bilateral relations, and
both expressed the desire for a robust and energetic summit between Obama and
Modi in the fall.
For up-to-the-minute coverage of the secretary’s overseas
trip, follow the Defense Department’s official Twitter account, @DeptofDefense.
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