Washington, DC – Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl met with Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra at the Pentagon today. Dr. Kahl reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-India Major Defense Partnership to shape the future of the Indo-Pacific. They discussed developments related to mutual security interests, including in the Indian Ocean Region and Europe, according to a readout provided by Pentagon Spokesman Lt. Col. David Herndon.
Dr. Kahl and Foreign Secretary Kwatra also discussed initiatives to advance bilateral defense cooperation ahead of the next 2+2 Ministerial meeting to be held in New Delhi. The discussion covered a range of issues including deepening Navy-to-Navy cooperation, particularly in the undersea domain; expanding information sharing and logistics cooperation to facilitate operational coordination between the U.S. and Indian militaries; and accelerating India’s indigenous defense production through bilateral defense industrial cooperation and partnership in emerging defense domains.