US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomes Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the Pentagon in Washington on Monday. Photo: AFP
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomes Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the Pentagon in Washington on Monday. Photo: AFP

US vows deeper India defence ties on same day latter vents anger over F-16 deal with Pakistan

  • Pentagon chief meets Indian foreign minister in Washington, committing to support New Delhi as ‘security provider’ in Indo-Pacific region
  • But envoy earlier says ‘you are not fooling anybody’ by claiming US$450 million deal with Islamabad will bolster counterterrorism

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomes Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the Pentagon in Washington on Monday. Photo: AFP
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomes Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar at the Pentagon in Washington on Monday. Photo: AFP
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