Readout of the Bilateral Engagement With India Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met today with Indian Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh ahead of the U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi, India.  Secretary Esper and Minister Singh applauded the strength of the defense relationship between the United States and India, and reinforced their commitment to deepening military-to-military cooperation, including joint-service cooperation; increasing secure communications capabilities; and enhancing mutual logistics engagements.  Secretary Esper and Minister Singh commended the conclusion of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement during the visit, and welcomed the expansion of information-sharing.   From collaborating on emerging technologies to advancing defense trade priorities, Secretary Esper and Minister Singh agreed to continue to work in partnership to address pressing global security challenges.