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Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

India, US to hold large military exercises in 2019

NEW DELHI: The US and Indian militaries will carry out large-scale joint exercises off India next year, top officials said Thursday. The drills would be a first of sorts -- the two countries' forces have not previously trained simultaneously in the air, on the land and at sea. Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the announcement at the end of a summit with US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. "We have decided to carry out for the first…