"The secretary will emphasise that the United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia," the Pentagon said in a statement yesterday.
During his two-day visit starting September 26, the Pentagon chief will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at India Gate, and meet with PM Modi and Ms Sitharaman in New Delhi.
"The secretary will also express US' appreciation for India's important contributions toward Afghanistan's democracy, stability, prosperity, and security," the Pentagon said.
After the India-US summit at the White House in June, PM Modi and President Donald Trump had announced that both nations will continue to share strategic and defence information and hold regular talks.
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