Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s five-day US trip was concluded on Friday. Officials said that this visit was focused on accelerating the defense relations between the two countries by enhancing the naval capabilities of India in the Indian Ocean. It also aimed to increase the involvement of US companies and bilateral defense trade in the ‘Make in India’ program.
During this time no announcement was made about the construction or drone deals in India of F-16 aircraft. According to officials, America’s attitude is positive for fulfilling India’s needs and aspirations in the defense sector and it is taking steps that will help it achieve strategic goals.
Sitharaman told reporters in Pentagon on Monday that the two countries have the desire to move forward positively and rapidly in the defense sector. In the last one month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met several US leaders.
He met with American Vice President Mike Pains in Singapore. Apart from this, he recently had a tripartite talks with the US President Donald Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from the G-20 Summit. At the same time during this summer, US Defense Secretary James Matisse met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the first US visit as the Defense Minister, Sitharaman was given a grand reception. Sitharaman said about his visit that it would be helpful in taking forward the bilateral defense cooperation.