VISIT OF SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CARTER TO INDIA
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter made an official visit to India at the invitation of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, marking the seventh interaction between the two leaders.
India-US defence relations in recent years have moved along a remarkable upward trajectory. Marked progress on agreements, including the signing of a Defense Framework Agreement in 2015, have laid a blueprint for collaboration between the defence establishments and enabled deeper cooperation. Joint exchange opportunities — in both personnel and training exercises — have expanded and strengthened our bilateral cooperation. The recent signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) has facilitated additional opportunities for practical engagement and exchange.
The visit finalised India’s designation as a “Major Defense Partner” of the United States. The designation as a “Major Defense Partner” is a status unique to India and institutionalises the progress made to facilitate defencse trade and technology sharing with India to a level at par with that of the United States’ closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future.