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Immediate Release

Readout of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper's Phone Call With Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke by phone today with his Indian counterpart, Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh.  Secretary Esper conveyed condolences regarding the recent loss of life in West Bengal, India, due to Cyclone Amphan and the two leaders discussed ongoing cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic.  Secretary Esper and Minister Singh discussed a range of regional security issues and the Secretary expressed his firm commitment to India’s leadership across the Indo-Pacific.  Secretary Esper reiterated his support for a strong and enduring U.S.-India defense partnership and the two leaders discussed ways to advance several important bilateral initiatives.  Finally, the Secretary reiterated his desire to visit India at the earliest, mutually-agreeable opportunity.