Thursday, February 23, 2012

Statement on the 12th U.S.-India Defense Policy Group Dialogue

NEW DELHI -- U.S. Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Jim Miller and Indian Defense Secretary Mr. Shashi Kant Sharma co-chaired the 12th annual U.S.-India Defense Policy Group (DPG) dialogue on February 21st at the Ministry of Defense in New Delhi.

Dr. Miller discussed with his DPG counterpart the U.S.-India strategic partnership and the growing defense relationship which includes defense trade, military-to-military training and exercises, and technical cooperation. 

In addition to the DPG meeting, Dr. Miller met with Minister of Defense A.K. Antony and Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee Admiral Nirmal Verma, where discussions focused on bilateral defense iffgssues.  Dr. Miller also held meetings with Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai addressing a range of regional and global issues. In the words of Dr. Miller:  “The U.S.-Indian relationship is built on a strong foundation of common interests and values.  The United States sees India as a partner in advancing stability and security in the region and globally, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership on defense and security.”

The Defense Policy Group concluded with agreement that its next meeting would be held in Washington, D.C. in 2013.

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