Meeting with top US officials, Foreign Secretary Kwatra assesses the development of the global strategic alliance

Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra has met with a number of high-ranking US officials, such as Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, to discuss their joint efforts to advance stability and security in the Indo-Pacific area and to conduct a thorough assessment of the progress made in further solidifying bilateral strategic ties.

Kwatra is in the US this week to further bilateral collaboration in fields including technology and defense via a series of talks with top government officials and corporate executives.

According to Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon, Hicks and Kwatra spoke about how to advance the US-India defense collaboration, particularly by putting the US-India Defence Industrial Cooperation plan into action.

According to an official statement, the two leaders emphasized the historic momentum in favor of a free and open Indo-Pacific under the Major Defense Partnership.

The statement praised the joint efforts of the two nations to progress the joint manufacturing of fighter jet engines and armored cars, along with the ongoing achievements of the India-US Defense Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X) in fostering innovation and collaborations between US and Indian scholars, businesspeople, and financiers.

According to Pahon, Kwatra and Hicks also discussed how crucial it is to broaden the focus of US-India military cooperation in order to improve collaboration in all areas and emphasize the joint initiatives to advance security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

Amidst China’s assertive actions in the area, they also spoke about a variety of regional security concerns and pledged to work closely together in support of a common goal for a free and open Indo-Pacific, according to the statement.

The Indian Embassy in this place released a statement that said, “The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and provided an opportunity to further advance our growing and future-oriented partnership.”

According to the statement, Kwatra conducted a thorough assessment of the steps taken to strengthen the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership between the United States and India during his visit from April 10 to April 12.

Along with other high-ranking officials, Kwatra met with Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Verma.

Additionally, he had conversations with important figures from the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Energy, and the National Security Council.

The embassy said, “These conversations covered the whole range of India-US relations, expanding defense and commercial ties, supply chain resilience, and modern regional developments.”

The chief diplomat for India also had meetings with officials from prominent think tanks and business associations.

“We at USIBC were honored to have Foreign Secretary @AmbVMKwatra join our Board Chair, Ed Knight, Executive Vice Chairman of Nasdaq, for a brunch meeting. The US-Indian Business Council had said on X that they held talks about “deepening investment channels, fostering innovation and technology, and strengthening the commercial ties between our countries.”