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US Defence Secretary Mattis welcomed Sitharaman to the Pentagon on Monday for the fourth set of talks the two defense leaders have held this year.
India risked US sanctions when it agreed in October to a USD 5 billion deal to buy Russian missile systems.
Sitharaman, the first woman defence minister of India, is currently on a five-day maiden trip to the US.
The defence minister added that she was encouraged by the importance attached to the India-US defence relationship in the new US National Security Strategy.
In his address to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute on Saturday, Mattis also said that the US seeks a constructive, results-oriented relationship with Beijing.
More than a year after President Donald Trump announced his South Asia strategy, Mattis said it is based on four Rs and one S being "sustain it".
Earlier in the day, Vice President Mike Pence said the space force was essential to protect the US' assets, particularly satellites.
This was Doval's first meeting with Bolton, the new National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump.
James Mattis did not publicly identify the remains. He also said that consultations are going on about the repatriation of more Korean War remains.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the crucial talks with Mattis and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in New Delhi on September 6.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the talks with US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis.
In a special gesture, Swaraj received US Secretary Pompeo at the airport here yesterday while Sitharaman welcomed Defence Secretary Mattis, reflecting the importance India attaches to their visit.
According to the source, bilaterally the main issues on the agenda would be counterterrorism, defence and trade cooperation and immigration-related issues.
Defense Secretary James Mattis told a Pentagon news conference that no decisions had been made about major exercises for next year but noted that the suspension of drills this summer.
On a question about trade relations with India, Wells said opening up trade with India is a "key strategic objective" for the Trump administration.