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US Defence Secretary Mattis to meet Sitharaman at ASEAN meet in Philippines

This would be the first meeting between the two leaders after Mattis' successful trip to India last month

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US Defence Secretary, James Mattis
James Mattis

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis will meet his Indian counterpart in the this week at a conference of defence ministers, the top Pentagon leader said today.

The bilateral meeting between Mattis and Sitharaman would take place on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defence Ministers' Meeting in the that begins today and ends on October 25.

"I will have meetings while I'm in the at the meeting with regional counterparts — Japan, the Republic of Korea, the of course, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia," Mattis told reporters travelling with him to

This would be the first meeting between the two leaders after Mattis' successful trip to India last month.

Mattis said the defence ministers' meeting will be an opportunity to recognise for 50 years of promoting peace and stability in the region.

"They have done a very good job of it. Nations coming of age, many years finding, finding, basically a foundation where they can discuss things," he said.

ASEAN, he said, provides an forum, giving voice to those who want relations between states to be based on respect, not on predatory economics or on the size of militaries, in an apparent reference to China.

"nations have demonstrated that they can listen to one another, they identify opportunities to increase defence cooperation for their own security, and seek shared solutions to shared concerns," he said, adding that the US remains unambiguously committed to supporting

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First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 16:14 IST
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