India and US to deepen defence cooperation

The US and India have agreed to strengthen their maritime and cyber security cooperation during an annual bilateral strategic dialogue in Washington this week. The meeting saw Delhi signing $9bn worth of defence contracts with Washington.

India and the US also agreed to formal trilateral consultations with Afghanistan to explore opportunities to promote the country's development in areas such as agriculture, mining, energy and infrastructure.

The talks were held days after Washington lifted threat of sanctions against Delhi for its large oil imports from Iran.

The two countries also discussed ways to enhance their bilateral trade that has grown from $9bn in 1995 to $100bn this year.

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