WASHINGTON, June 26, 2017 —
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi met here today to discuss the importance of the U.S.-India relationship and the role of both nations in cooperating to foster democratic laws and principles, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.
In a statement summarizing the meeting, White said Mattis applauded India's long-term efforts to promote stability in the Indian Ocean region.
"The two pledged to continue the strong defense partnership between both nations and broaden military to military engagements," she added.