Washington : Reflecting a new bonhomie of Indo-US defence ties, the Pentagon announced that outgoing Defence Secretary Ashton Carter would be visiting India next week on his final around the world trip. Slated to be in India on December 8, Carter would travel to Japan, Bahrain, Israel, Italy and Great Britain before returning to the US on December 16.

 This is for the first time that an outgoing American Defence Secretary has included India in his itinerary for the final overseas trip.   “He (Carter) will look to build on the strategic handshake between the two nations and to continue the momentum in the relationship over the past decade, including expanded defence cooperation during his time as Secretary,” the Pentagon said in a statement.

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