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Immediate Release

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Hicks' Meeting with Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra

Pentagon Spokesman Eric Pahon provided the following readout:

Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks hosted Indian Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra at the Pentagon today to discuss priorities for strengthening the U.S.-India defense partnership, including the implementation of the Roadmap for U.S.-India Defense Industrial Cooperation.

The two officials underscored the historic momentum in the Major Defense Partnership in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific. They applauded efforts by both countries to advance the co-production of fighter jet engines and armored vehicles, as well as the continued success of the India-U.S. Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) in promoting innovation and partnerships between U.S. and Indian researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors. 

Deputy Secretary Hicks and Foreign Secretary Kwatra also spoke about the importance of expanding the scope of U.S.-India military engagements to strengthen cooperation across all domains while highlighting shared efforts to promote stability and security in the Indo-Pacific.

The two officials discussed a range of regional security issues and committed to collaborating closely in support of a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.