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EAM Jaishankar meets Pentagon chief; discusses Indo-Pacific, Quad

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New Delhi, Sep 27: External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar on Monday met US secretary of defence Lloyd Austin in Pentagon and discussed the Ukraine conflict, Indo-Pacific developments, maritime challenges and regional issues.

During the meeting, EAM Jaishankar underscored the importance of the Indo-Pacific and said that it's important that the stability, security and prosperity of the region should be secured.

EAM Jaishankar meets Pentagon chief; discusses Indo-Pacific, Quad

A statement issued by US Department of Defence said that both the ministers reaffirmed their commitment to working together for a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific.

EAM Jaishankar said that defence and security cooperation is a key pillar of the contemporary India-US partnership.

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In a tweet, the EAM said, "Pleasure to meet @SecDef once again. Defence and Security cooperation is a key pillar of the contemporary India-US partnership. We noted the steady progress in policy exchange, interoperability, defence trade, service exercises and military-industrial cooperation."

During the meeting, both the leaders discussed expanding information-sharing and logistics cooperation to operational coordination between the US and Indian militaries.

In his opening remark, EAM Jaishankar said, "Our meeting today and my presence here today I do share with you that the global situation today has become far more challenging for a variety of reasons. Indo-Pacific in particular, it's important that the stability, security and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific should be secured, which is best done amongst others by cooperation between our two countries"

Both the leaders also discussed the QUAD in which four countries--India, US, Australia, and Japan are members. They underscored deepening collaboration between the four countries.

The EAM is on an 11-day visit to the USA. He attended the UNGA session in New York along with over fifty bilateral and multilateral meetings.

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In the last leg of his visit, the EAM is also scheduled to meet US Secretary of State Antony Blinken today.

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