Austin arrived right here on Friday on a three-day go to as half of his three-nation first abroad tour that signalled the Biden administration’s sturdy dedication to its relations with its shut allies and companions within the Indo-Pacific area.
“I reaffirmed our dedication to a complete and forward-looking defence partnership with India as a central pillar of our strategy to the area,” he stated in a media assertion in presence of Singh
“As the world faces a world pandemic and rising challenges to an open and secure worldwide system, the US-India relationship is a stronghold of a free and open Indo-Pacific area,” he stated.
The US Defence Secretary stated because the Indo-Pacific area faces challenges to a free and open regional order, cooperation amongst like-minded international locations is crucial to securing the shared imaginative and prescient for the longer term.
“We mentioned alternatives to raise the US-India Major Defence Partnership…a priority of the Biden-Harris Administration by way of regional safety cooperation, military-to-military interactions, and defence commerce,” Austin stated.
“In addition, we’re persevering with to advance new areas of collaboration, together with information-sharing, logistics cooperation, synthetic intelligence; and cooperation in new domains akin to area and cyber,” he added.
Austin additionally described his talks with Singh as a “productive” dialogue on a quantity of safety points that are essential to the 2 international locations.
“As the Indo-Pacific area faces acute transnational challenges, akin to local weather change, and challenges to a free and open regional order, cooperation amongst like-minded international locations is crucial to securing our shared imaginative and prescient for the longer term,” he stated.
“Despite in the present day’s difficult safety setting, the partnership between the US and India, the world’s two largest democracies, stays resilient and robust and we are going to search each alternative to construct upon this main partnership,” he added.
About his go to, Austin stated he needed to convey the Biden administration’s message of the US’s sturdy dedication to its allies and companions.
“India, particularly, is an more and more essential companion amid in the present day’s quickly shifting worldwide dynamics,” he added.
In his assertion, Austin additionally referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s feedback that India stands for “freedom of navigation and overflight, unimpeded lawful commerce, and adherence to worldwide legislation”.
“This is a convincing affirmation of our shared imaginative and prescient for regional safety within the Indo-Pacific. And it is clear that the significance of this partnership, and its impression to the worldwide rules-based order will solely develop within the years forward,” he stated.
He stated there was a dialogue on engagement with like-minded companions by way of multilateral groupings such because the Quad and ASEAN. The 10-nation ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is a key stakeholder within the Indo-Pacific area.