US defence secretary meets PM, Parrikar, Sushma

New Delhi


US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, who is on a three-day visit to India, on Wednesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ahead of signing of a new defence framework agreement.

Carter earlier met Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, with whom he will sign the agreement that will strengthen India-US defence relations.

He also met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

Earlier, Carter laid a wreath at the Amar Jawan Jyoti memorial at India Gate, the World War I monument.This is Carter's first visit to India as defence secretary.

Carter, who arrived in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday, has visited the Eastern Naval Command and the indigenous stealth frigate, INS Sahyadri. - IANS