Leon Panetta will also discuss defence trade with Indian leaders, as well as the implications of the strategic guidance for US-Indian military-to-military relations.
A top Pentagon official said India has a long history of non-alignment and is firmly committed to its policy of strategic autonomy.
The US Sunday said its "strong" military ties with India are growing and a series of joint exercises between them are unlikely to be hit by a massive
defence budgetary cuts announced this week.
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