India: 'New journey' for US, India defence ties

*JUMPCUT AT SOURCE* The United States and India signed a major military communications agreement, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis met with their Indian counterparts in New Dehli on Thursday. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj began the talks addressing Pompeo and Mattis, saying: «both of you are strong supporters of Indian-US relationship. And this is... Еще on today that we are beginning this new journey with two of you.» In response, Pomepo said that «our two nations are united by shared values of democracy, respect of individual rights and shared commitment to freedom.» «The commencement of the first ever ministry 2+2 between India and United States is a concrete manifestation of the work vision of our leaders,» Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman stated. Under the new agreement, India will be able to receive military-grade communications equipment from the United States. The two countries will exchange real-time encrypted information on platforms used by the armed forces of both sides.

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