Shailesh Kumar, National Defence
New Delhi, 20 March 2021
Here is the joint statement by visiting US Secretary of Defense (Corresponding to the Defence Minister of India), Lloyd J Austin and his Indian counterpart Raksha Mantri (Defence Minister) Rajnath Singh at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi (20 March 2021). Secretary Austin is the first African- American to become the US Secretary of Defense. The visit assumes significance amid tensions with China. Secretary Austin’s visit to India in the first leg of his overseas tour assumes significance more so to the peace and stability in Indo- Pacific. Watch the India- US Defence Ministers’ joint statement at url:

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