New Delhi: The 19th edition of the India-US Military Cooperation Group meeting concluded on Wednesday in Agra. The two days meeting was co-chaired by the Chief of Integrated Defence Staff to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee (CISC) Air Marshal BR Krishna from the Indian side and Deputy Commander, US Indo-Pacific Command Lieutenant General Stephen D Sklenka from the US side.
The discussions focused on strengthening the ongoing defence engagements between the two sides and deliberated on new initiatives under the ambit of the existing cooperation mechanism.
The India-US MCG is a forum established to progress defence cooperation between the countries through regular talks at the strategic and operational levels between Headquarters, Integrated Defence Staff and the US Indo-Pacific Command.
With China flexing its military muscle in the Indo-Pacific region, India – U.S. defence ties have strengthened in the last few years. Both the countries, along with Japan and Australia, participated recently in the 25th edition of the Malabar Exercise off the coast of Gaum in the Pacific Ocean closer to China.
Besides Malabar, India and the U.S. also hold several other joint exercises like Yudh Abhyas, Vajra Prahar, Tiger Triumph, etc. The ties have also further strengthened on the defence deals front.
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