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Carter to focus on strengthening defence ties with India

Carter to focus on strengthening defence ties with India

Washington: Strengthening defence ties with India would be the main focus of US Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter during his three-day visit to the country, Pentagon officials here said Monday.

Carter, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday, is the top Pentagon official to travel to India after the last month's highly successful visit of Defence Secretary Leon Panetta.

Besides holding talks with his Indian counterparts and other top officials of the Defence Ministry, the Pentagon official is scheduled to meet Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon.

Later in the day he is scheduled to address a meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry.

On Tuesday, Carter will fly to Hyderabad and attend a luncheon of industry representatives then tour defence joint ventures operated by Lockheed/Tata and Sikorsky/Tata before returning to New Delhi.

From India, Carter will travel to South Korea, the concluding stop on an Asian-Pacific tour that has already taken him to Hawaii, Guam, Japan and Thailand.


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