US Defense Chief in India for Security Talks

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 6:00 am (UTC-5)
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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is in India for two days of talks focusing on regional security and defense relations between the two countries.

Panetta arrived Tuesday in New Delhi, and is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon, and Defense Minister, A.K. Antony.

The Pentagon says the talks will also include “Asia rebalancing.” Panetta told a security forum in Singapore Saturday the U.S. Navy would shift the majority of its ships to the Pacific by 2020 as part of a strategic focus on Asia.

The defense chief's visit to India — his first since taking the post last year — follows a stop in India last month by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.