US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter to Travel to India Next Week

Carter will be hosted by Defence Minister Parrikar and will visit Goa and New Delhi, while in India.

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Defence Secretary Ashton Carter will travel to India next week as part of the US’ rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the Pentagon said Friday.

This Saturday, Secretary Carter will depart Washington on a two-week travel to the Asia-Pacific region followed by the Middle East to advance two of his key international priorities: solidifying the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and accelerating the lasting defeat of ISIL. First in the Asia-Pacific, in both India and the Philippines, Carter will advance the United States’ growing security where we are developing new partnerships and modernising long-standing alliances.
Peter Cook, Press Secretary, Pentagon

In India, Carter will visit both Goa and New Delhi. He will be hosted by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Cook said.

Defence Minister Parrikar. (Photo: Reuters)
Defence Minister Parrikar. (Photo: Reuters)

In the Philippines, Carter will visit Manila and a number of areas where the US military is participating in the bilateral exercise ‘Balikatan’.

In the Middle East, he will visit the UAE and Saudi Arabia for meetings with his counterparts.

In Riyadh, he and Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammad bin Salman will convene a US-Gulf Cooperation Council defence ministerial ahead of President Barack Obama’s participation in the US-GCC Leaders Summit.

This will be an important forum to strengthen US-GCC defence partnerships, including by reviewing and discussing the way ahead for the Counter-ISIL campaign and joint regional defense initiatives that we all committed to during the 2015 US-GCC Camp David Summit last May. 
Peter Cook, Press Secretary, Pentagon

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