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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.

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