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Carter, Indian Prime Minister Discuss Issues in New Delhi

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi yesterday, according to a DoD news release issued today.

Carter is on a 10-day trip focused on the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.

The two leaders discussed President Barack Obama’s successful January 2015 visit to New Delhi and agreed to follow up on key outcomes from that visit, the release said.

Defense Technology, Trade Initiative

They agreed to continue to build momentum under the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative, including the completion of two "pathfinder" project agreements, the release said.

Carter also reaffirmed support for the Knowledge Partnership in Defense Studies, pointing to education as a strategic enabler and voicing enthusiasm for working with India to shape the strategic thinking of the next generation of military leaders, according to the release.

The two leaders agreed that the strategic convergence between the U.S. rebalance and India's "Act East" opens more opportunities for engagement, the release said.

They also discussed many issues of mutual concern, including the Asia-Pacific, regional security, and counterterrorism, according to the release.

Carter also commended India's rapid humanitarian assistance following the tragic earthquake in Nepal, and expressed gratitude for India's assistance in searching for the missing U.S. Marine Corps UH-1 Huey helicopter, the release said.

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