Ashton Carter looking forward to his visit to India: Pentagon

Washington: US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter is looking forward to his proposed visit to India and engagement with his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar, the Pentagon has said while terming the trip as an “important moment”.

“He (Carter) is looking forward to this visit,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook told reporters yesterday.

However, no dates of his visit to India has been announced yet. Cook described the proposed India trip of Carter as an “important moment”.

“And again, (it’s an) important moment for the Secretary and for his Indian counterpart to compare notes, if you will, their assessment of the security situation not just in the region, but in the world overall,” Cook said.

“I know he’s very much looking forward to his engagement with (Defense) Minister (Manohar) Parrikar,” the Pentagon Press Secretary said in response to a question.