PM Modi and US Defence Secretary meet and pledge to strengthen Indo-US bilateral ties
Meeting on the side-lines of the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ 17th Asia Security Summit, which is also known as the Shangri-La-Dialogue held in Singapore, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US Defence Secretary, Jim Mattis on Saturday to discuss on further strengthening the strong bilateral ties between India and the US.
According to reports from the Pentagon Prime Minister Modi and Mattis ‘pledged to continue the strong US-India strategic partnership and affirmed their commitment to maintaining peace, stability and prosperity in the region’.
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It was further reported that the two leaders discussed the importance of the US-India relationship, and on the role of both these nations in cooperating to uphold international laws and principles and the Indo-Pacific Command.
Earlier this year, as per reports, the US had renamed one of its oldest military command— the Pacific Command— to Indo-Pacific Command, which is been seen as a symbolic move to signal India’s importance to the US military amidst the heighten tensions with China over the militarisation of the South China Sea.
It was also reported that The Pentagon’s move is reflective to the growing importance of India in US strategic thinking. Speaking on the issue Mattis had earlier opined that over many decades the Pacific Command had repeatedly adapted to changing circumstances and by renaming it ‘Indo-Pacific Command’ this legacy was only been carried forward as US focuses west.