Carter’s India Visit to Focus on Defense Cooperation

US Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter addresses officers and crew members of the USS Blue Ridge in Yokosuka, Japan, July 21, 2012

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New Delhi- Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter arrived here late today for a two-day visit that marks the second-to-last leg of his Asia-Pacific tour.

On Monday, Carter’s first full day in India, he will attend meetings with India’s Secretary of Defense Shri Shashi Kant Sharma and other senior Indian defense officials, including chiefs of acquisition and research and development. He will also meet with US Ambassador Nancy Powell.

Later in the day, the deputy secretary will speak about US–India defense cooperation in remarks to a gathering hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Later Monday, Carter will meet separately with Indian Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon.

Tuesday’s scheduled events include a trip to Hyderabad, where Carter will meet with Indian defense industry representatives. He will also tour joint defense facilities operated by a leading Indian defense contractor, Tata Advanced Systems, in separate partnership ventures with Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky Aircraft. The deputy secretary will then return to New Delhi.

From India, Carter will travel to South Korea, the concluding stop on an Asian-Pacific tour that has already taken him to Hawaii, Guam, Japan and Thailand.

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