Mattis Travels to India to Emphasize 'Enduring US Commitment'

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This is the first Cabinet level visit under the President Donald Trump's new administration at the White House.

"Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will embark on Sunday, Sept. 24, to underscore the enduring US commitment to strategic partner India", a statement issued by the Pentagon said.

"India, from our perspective, is clearly a pillar of regional stability and security". "We share a common vision for a peaceful and prosperous vision in the Indo-Pacific region, one that's based on that strong, rules-based global order, and the peaceful resolution of disputes and territorial integrity", he added. "An Indian delegation led by Secretary Defence Production, who co-chairs the DTTI from India, was in the United States recently to prepare the ground", said an official.

Mattis said the two countries shared vision of partnership was neither based on narrow interests nor to the exclusion of any other nation. "Plus, we have a host of other issues to work with more vigour as well, as we look toward the future", he said.

Prior to holding talks, Mattis will lay a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate and inspect tri-service guard of honour at the South Block lawns. Increased Indo-US defence cooperation should put a stop to such trouble.

This isn't the first time Mattis has delivered an A+ rebuttal to a question-he once remarked that nothing keeps him awake at night, but rather he keeps people up at night.

Mattis' visit alone should have Pakistan concerned, because he will no doubt be apprised of how the neighbouring country tries to foment trouble in India. His visit is also being considered as a special one because the two countries have made the mind of giving a new objective to the strategic partnership. The Chinese Navy has parked its fleets in ports like Djibouti, Gwadar (Pakistan), Hambantota (Sri Lanka) and Rakine (Myanmar)."This has been a concern for India of late and increasing our maritime surveillance capabilities is a priority", government sources said.The US Secretary of Defence will meet Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.Mattis will also meet National Security Adviser Ajit Doval apart from Prime Minster Narendra Modi. "Steady engagement will be our watchwords for the path ahead", he said.

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