They are likely to discuss a wide range of bilateral security issues and those related to the defence relationship.
"Clearly India is a very strong security partner and a force in the region. We continue to have very good relationship with India in the region," Mr Davis said in response to a question.
The Mattis-Doval meeting later this week would be one of the highest-level meetings between the two countries after the Trump Administration came to power on January 20.
Mr Doval is also expected to meet his American counterpart Lieutenant General HR McMaster at the White House, the first between the two national security advisors.
Earlier this month, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar met Mr McMaster at the White House.
During his Washington trip, Dr Jaishankar was also scheduled to meet the Defence Secretary. However, the meeting did not take place as Mr Mattis was travelling.
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