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Modi, Pence discuss defence, trade and cooperation

Modi, Pence discuss defence, trade and cooperation
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Singapore: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice President Mike Pence held talks on Wednesday on a wide range of bilateral and global issues of mutual interests including defence and trade cooperation, ways to counter terrorism and the need for maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.

The two leaders had "productive discussion on all aspects of global strategic partnership based on growing convergence of interests on regional and global issues" on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here, Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

"Spoke about our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific & reaffirmed our commitment to strengthen security and counterterrorism cooperation and coordination," Pence tweeted after his meeting with Modi.

In a readout, Pence's office said he encouraged "free, fair, and reciprocal trade with India."

Briefing the reporters, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale later said it was a "very good" meeting.

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