Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi received the US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter. Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at the progress in bilateral defence cooperation between the two countries, and expressed hope that discussions with the framework of the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative between the two countries would progress along his vision of ‘Make in India’ in the defence sector.
Secretary Carter conveyed that the US viewed India a close strategic ally and an enduring partner and that both sides were moving from the buyer-seller relationship towards a manufacturing partnership. Both of them also exchanged views on the regional situation, including in the South Asia and the Asia Pacific region. Secretary Carter conveyed that the US policy of ‘Rebalance’ and India’s “Act East’ policy complimented each other.