On the evening of Friday, May 29, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with US Secretary of Defense Dr.Mark Thomas Esper at the latter’s request. This assumes significance in the wake of US President Donald Trump offering to mediate between India and China on the ongoing standoff at the Line of Actual Control. The two Ministers briefed each other on their respective experience of fighting the novel coronavirus pandemic. Moreover, they vowed to continue the “excellent bilateral cooperation” between India and the US.
They not only reviewed the progress on several bilateral defence partnerships but also expressed their commitment to further promote them. Thereafter, Esper accepted Singh’s invite to visit India at the earliest mutually convenient time. Singh also appreciated Esper’s condolence over the lives lost in Cyclone Amphan. Additionally, they exchanged views on regional developments of “shared security interest”.