US Indo-Pacific Command official meets Indian defence intel chief

Rear Admiral Thomas M Henderschedt, director for Intelligence (J2), US Indo-Pacific Command, on Wednesday called on Director General of Defence Intelligence Agency Lieutenant General Dinesh Singh Rana, to discuss issues of mutual interest and identify new areas for defence cooperation, according to Defence officials.

This visit came at a time when the US Congress delegation is on an India visit. The US Congressmen, Ro Khanna and Michael Waltz, who are also co-chairs of the House India caucus, lead a bipartisan Congressional Member Delegation to India.

Congressmen Khanna and Waltz were joined by Reps Deborah Ross (NC-D), Kat Cammack (FL-R), Shri Thanedar (MI-D), and Jasmine Crockett (TX-D) as well as fellow Congressional Caucus on India and Indian American members Reps. Rich McCormick (GA-R) and Ed Case (HI-D) in New Delhi.

The two United States Congressional delegates also visited the Mumbai headquarters of Western Naval Command, the sword arm of the Indian Navy, on Monday.

On Wednesday, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met US Congressional delegation and discussed the transformation underway in India. The two sides exchanged views on advancing the bilateral partnership between India and US.

Taking to X, formerly Twitter, Jaishankar stated, "A good interaction with US Congressional delegation today. Glad they could join as we celebrated #IndependenceDay. Discussed the transformation underway in India, especially its outcomes of better governance. Shared our aspirations and expectations for Amritkaal. Also exchanged views on our advancing bilateral partnership. Shared perspectives on the global situation and our collaboration on multilateral, regional and global issues."

The delegation also held a meeting with Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane.

The principal spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence, A Bharat Bhushan Babu, stated: "Defence Secretary Shri @giridhararamane, today held a meeting with the US Congressional Delegation in South Block, New Delhi."


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