High level meetings held on defense, strategy and commerce
Washington, DC: On his sixth meeting with the Defense Secretary Ashton Carter here at the Pentagon, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar signed an important agreement that will make the US and India logistical allies and enable both the militaries to use each other's assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.
The Washington meetings are being followed by the 2nd India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, to be held in India, attended by Secretary of State John Kerry and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Representatives of 12 leading US agencies will also be in attendance. During the Dialogue, high-level inter- agency delegations will discuss a gamut of issues ranging from terrorism emanating from Pakistan to bilateral trade and investment related matters, issues like visa and totalization agreement and ways to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. The Dialogue was elevated into a Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD) during the visit of US President Barack Obama to India in January 2015. The two-way trade between the countries stood at about USD 109 billion last year.
Meanwhile Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrived in New York on Sunday on a five-day tour during which he will meet several CEOs and executives of global companies and address a round-table on the investment opportunities in Madhya Pradesh and sign a MoU with Columbia University.
Welcoming the signing of the historic LEMOA and the other interactions Mr. Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC remarked, “Investments in US and Indian companies are already at record levels. Bilateral agreements such as the LEMOA will boost investment and innovation in defense, business and strategy even further.”
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