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Mattis has repeatedly condemned the killing and called for those responsible to be held to account, but insisted he had seen "no smoking gun" connecting Prince Mohammed to the Khashoggi murder.
In a sign of improved India-China ties, a senior Colonel of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army is currently in India for a year-long course in military management.
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.
Mattis was responding to a question from reporters about the letter written by the President Donald Trump to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.
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.
The go-ahead for both acquisitions was given by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the ministry's highest decision-making body on procurement, the senior military official said.
Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, known for his criticism of Saudi policies, went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in the Turkish capital of Istanbul.
India has been in need of these formidable anti-submarine hunter helicopters for more than a decade now.
He was addressing the two-day SAC Commanders’ Conference which concluded here on Friday.
The 185 million euro bank guarantee has been deposited and will remain valid for seven years, the report said citing people familiar with the deal.
At the talks both sides agreed on enhancing defence exchanges and interactions at different levels between the two militaries, a press release by the Indian Embassy here said on Thursday.
They had systems in place and the armed forces worked shoulder to shoulder with the state in rescuing the flood victims.
Pitching for a strong public-private partnership, Chief Executive of Lockheed Martin India Phil Shaw said his company would be looking for aviation grade materials in Odisha.
Around 14,000 components of the weapons system are made in the country by over 200 manufacturers, Patil said.