Friday, March 11, 2011

Gen Singh meets American counterpart; discuss military ties

Washington, March 11, 2011

Army Chief Gen V.K. Singh, who is currently visiting United States, had a "very thoughtful and productive" meeting with his American counterpart Gen George Casey, a Pentagon official said on Friday.

"As a matter of policy, we don't provide the details of Gen Casey's private discussions with his counterparts. But Gen Casey was pleased and honored to host Gen Singh here. The talks of the day were very thoughtful and productive," said Lt Col Rich Spiegel, the spokesman of Gen Casey.

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen Casey welcomed Gen Singh at a ceremony at Fort Myer following which the Indian General attended the wreath laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Gen Casey hosted him for lunch at the Pentagon and again for the dinner at the night yesterday.

The two general were engaged in a series of meetings throughout the day during which they reviewed the relationship between the armies of the two countries and held discussions on a wide range of bilateral issues.

Gen Singh's visit comes two years after former Army Chief General Deepak Kapoor had come to the US in 2009.

In the last five years, defence relations have been expanding between the two countries under the New Framework for U.S.-India Defence Relations.

The U.S. undertakes the highest number of joint exercises with India amongst all nations that includes the navy-to-navy Malabar and SALVEX, army-to-army Yudhabhyas and aerial 'Cope-India' exercises.

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