Indian defence team in US, to hold defence and military dialogue

Indian defence team in US, to hold defence and military dialogue



Top-level Indian delegation headed by Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra reached Washington on Thursday and is expected to discuss military relations between the two countries. India is expected to raise objection over the proposed sale and assistance to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter aircraft fleet.
During the three-day visit which began today, the Indian side will hold meetings with the top officials of the American administration and discuss issues affecting ties between the two nations. India is also likely to raise the issue of misuse of the American military's help by Pakistan to wage war against India.
"During the meetings between the two sides, the Indian delegation is expected to clear its position regarding the purchase of the S-400 air defence missile system that India is purchasing from Russia under a Rs 39,500 crore deal signed last year," sources said.
During the visit, the Indian delegation will likely discuss regional security issues pertaining to Afghanistan-Pak region and the issue of possible assistance provided by US to Pakistan in regard with F-16 fighter jet fleet, sources said.
India is also expected to make its position clear on the Kashmir issue in view of the Trump's controversial statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has requested him to meditate on the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan.
India had categorically denied the claims made by Trump alongside Pakistan President Imran Khan on last Monday.
India and US will also discuss their military hardware cooperation as the two sides have done defence deals worth over USD 20 billion in the last 15 years

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