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Former United States Secretary of Defense

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Mark Esper: Former United States Secretary of Defense
Mark Thomas Esper is an American politician and businessman who served as the 27th United States secretary of defense from July 2019 to November 2020. He was a defense contractor lobbyist before joining the Donald Trump administration.

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Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq [Video]

Trump to cut troop levels in Afghanistan, Iraq

[NFA] President Donald Trump will sharply reduce the number of U.S. forces in Afghanistan from 4,500 to 2,500 by mid-January, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday, stopping short of a full withdrawal from..

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Trump fires Defense Secretary Esper [Video]

Trump fires Defense Secretary Esper

Trump and Secretary Mark Esper had clashed in recent months, most notably over Trump's threat to use active duty troops to suppress street protests over racial injustice in the United States during the..

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Our relations with India go beyond political parties: US State Dept Spokesperson [Video]

Our relations with India go beyond political parties: US State Dept Spokesperson

After the conclusion of 2+2 dialogue between India and US in New Delhi, the Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said the India-US relations go beyond political parties and that the..

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Aiming missiles, drones: How new US pact helps India against China in Ladakh [Video]

Aiming missiles, drones: How new US pact helps India against China in Ladakh

One of the highlights of the latest edition of the India-US 2+2 dialogue was the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement. The pact, signed during the visit of US Secretaries of State..

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PM Modi meets Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper [Video]

PM Modi meets Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 27. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and National..

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'We stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of free, open Indo-Pacific for all': Mark Esper [Video]

'We stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of free, open Indo-Pacific for all': Mark Esper

US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper after attending 2+2 India-US Ministerial Dialogue on October 27 in Delhi said that they stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific for..

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Strengthened our defence, security partnership over past year: Defence Secy Mark Esper [Video]

Strengthened our defence, security partnership over past year: Defence Secy Mark Esper

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper attended India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue..

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India, US economies suffered losses, trying to revive industries: Rajnath Singh [Video]

India, US economies suffered losses, trying to revive industries: Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper attended India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue..

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Lot to discuss to co-operate amid COVID-19 pandemic: Mike Pompeo [Video]

Lot to discuss to co-operate amid COVID-19 pandemic: Mike Pompeo

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper attended India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue..

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India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue underway at Delhi's Hyderabad House [Video]

India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue underway at Delhi's Hyderabad House

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper met Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar at Hyderabad House. They met in the..

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Infantry Day: Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper pay tribute at National War Memorial [Video]

Infantry Day: Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper pay tribute at National War Memorial

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper paid tribute at National War Memorial on 74th Infantry Day on October 27. Infantry Day is observed as a remembrance of the first..

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Rajnath Singh meets US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper [Video]

Rajnath Singh meets US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper

US delegation led by US Secretary of Defence, Mark Esper, met Indian delegation led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Delhi on October 26. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, Army Chief..

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Watch: Donald Trump's top ministers in India for 2+2 talks amid China tension [Video]

Watch: Donald Trump's top ministers in India for 2+2 talks amid China tension

As tension between India and China persists along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh, top members of the Donald Trump administration arrived in India for the high-level 2+2 dialogue. US..

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US Secretary of Defence inspects Guard of Honor at Delhi's South block [Video]

US Secretary of Defence inspects Guard of Honor at Delhi's South block

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper. Esper inspected Guard of Honor at Delhi's South Block. US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper is in India to attend 2+2..

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Pompeo, Esper call on PM Modi, covey US interest in strengthening ties

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and US Ambassador to India Ken Juster were also present during the meeting.
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US Secretary of State Pompeo, Defence Secretary Esper call on PM Modi

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. External affairs minister S Jaishankar, defence minister Rajnath Singh, National..
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US, India must focus on threat posed by China: Secretary of state Mike Pompeo

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Tuesday stressed on the need for Washington and New Delhi to work together to counter the threat posed by Beijing to "security and freedom". Defence secretary Mark..
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NSA Ajit Doval meets Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper at South Block

They discussed many issues and challenges of strategic importance. Both sides highlighted the need to share objectives and build capabilities across all domains to ensure a safe, stable, and rule-based..
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India-US third 2+2 inter-ministerial dialogue today, geospatial pact BECA to be signed

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence secretary Mark Esper arrived in New Delhi on Monday for talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
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Rajnath Singh, Mark Esper discuss maritime, joint service cooperation

During the meet, special focus was put on logistical support, maritime cooperation which includes majorly naval cooperation between the two countries.
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India, US hold defence minister-level talks

A meeting between visiting US secretary of defence Mark T Esper and India's defence minister Rajnath Singh started in New Delhi on Monday to discuss various issues.
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Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper arrive in Delhi for India-US 2+2 dialogue; here's what to expect

Top two officials of Trump administration, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Defence secretary Mark Esper have reached Delhi for the 2+2 India US meet.
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India-US 2+2 dialogue: Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper set to arrive in India today; key military pact on agenda

Mike Pompeo, Mark Esper will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NSA Ajit Doval and hold discussions with other government and business leaders on ways to advance the US-India Comprehensive..
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2+2 talks to cement India-US defence ties

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary Mark Esper are scheduled to arrive here on Monday, while the formal talks will happen on Tuesday. The two US cabinet ministers will also meet..
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LAC situation to be discussed at 2+2 dialogue with India, BECA agreement in works: US State Dept

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Defence secretary Mark Esper will participate in the 2+2 meeting which will take place on October 26 and 27.
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Amid election turmoil in US, Pompeo and Esper to visit India next week for geo-strategic business


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China putting military pressure on India, says US defence secretary amid LAC row

United States Defence Secretary Mark Esper has said that China has been putting "military pressure" on India, a remark that comes days before his New Delhi visit.
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Pompeo, Esper coming to Delhi for third 2+2 on October 26 & 27


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India-US two-plus-two dialogue expected to take place in Delhi on Oct 26-27

The third edition of the two-plus-two dialogue between India and the US is expected to take place on Oct 26-27 during which both sides are likely to carry out a comprehensive review of their strategic..
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India-US naval drill shows ability to project power with allies, says US defence secretary

US defence secretary Mark Esper said America was “closely monitoring” the India-China stand-off and the disengagement process on the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In his virtual address to the..
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US monitoring situation between India and China 'very closely': Esper


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Rajnath discusses security situation with US counterpart amidst border row with China

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday briefed his American counterpart Mark Esper on the latest developments in the over two-month troop confrontation with China, which has seen India deploy..
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Rajnath calls on US couterpart Esper, discusses LAC row

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday briefed his American counterpart Mark Esper on the latest developments in the over two-month troop confrontation with China, which has seen India deploy..
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U.S. defense chief opposes deploying troops to quell protests, despite Trump threats

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty forces to quell civil unrest for now, despite President Donald Trump's..
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U.S. shouldn't invoke Insurrection Act, defense secretary says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active duty forces to quell civil unrest, a move President Donald Trump threatened to..
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Russia invites U.S. defense secretary to Red Square military parade

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, in a phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, invited him to a military parade in Moscow's Red Square on June 24, the ministry said on Tuesday.
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Rajnath Singh discusses border situation with US def secy

India will need to firmly keep up its guard against China’s creeping cartographic aggression in eastern Ladakh, sources said on Friday, even as defence minister Rajnath Singh briefed his US..
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UK, U.S. defence ministers discuss 'disinformation' from Russia, China

Britain's defence minister Ben Wallace and his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper discussed the need to tackle disinformation coming from Russia and China on Thursday, the British government said.
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Taliban not living up to commitments, U.S. Defense Secretary says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year, amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a..
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Italy's Prime Minister says foreign policy hasn't changed: paper

Italy's Prime Minister said on Tuesday foreign policy had not shifted after the country received aid for the coronavirus emergency from both China and Russia, in a response to an interview with U.S...
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U.S. Pentagon chief criticizes China as misleading, opaque on coronavirus

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday he believes China's leaders have been misleading and opaque about the coronavirus outbreak that originated there and does not trust that they are..
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Exclusive: Inside Trump's standoff with South Korea over defense costs

When U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper rang his South Korean counterpart this week, he pressed for a deal quickly on defense cost-sharing that President Donald Trump expects will translate into much..
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Trump gives Pentagon authority for potential response after deadly Iraq attack

U.S. President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon the authority to potentially respond to Wednesday's rocket attack by Iran-backed militia in Iraq that killed two American troops and a British service..
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Pentagon chief says all options on table after Iraq rocket attack

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that all options were on the table after a rocket attack in Iraq killed one British and two American troops, an attack he said was by Iranian-backed..
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China defense minister discusses coronavirus with U.S.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe discussed the coronavirus situation in China with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday in a telephone call, China's defense ministry said.
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Taliban accord hopeful moment but road ahead not easy: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that the United States would remain committed to Afghan security forces and while the signing of a historic accord between Washington and the Taliban..
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Pentagon chief lands in Afghanistan ahead of U.S., Taliban deal

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Saturday, in a move officials and experts said was aimed at reassuring the Afghan government about the United States' commitment to the country..
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U.S.-Taliban have negotiated 'proposal' for seven day reduction in violence: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the United States and the Taliban had negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence.
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Landmines important tool U.S. troops need: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that landmines were an important tool that U.S. forces needed, as President Donald Trump's administration is expected to relax Obama-era restrictions on..
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U.S. seeks Iraqi nod to bring in air defenses after Iran attack

The United States is trying to secure permission from Iraq to take Patriot missile defenses into the country to better defend U.S. forces after Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack, which wounded 50 American..
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Pentagon chief defends Trump after traumatic brain injury comments

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended President Donald Trump's response to American troops being diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from Iran's missile strike, saying he cared..
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U.S. will not completely withdraw forces from Africa: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the United States would not be removing all its forces from Africa, as he carries out a global troop review meant to free up more resources to..
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China a '21st century surveillance state,' U.S. defense chief says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that China's Communist Party had created a surveillance state that uses artificial intelligence to repress Muslim minorities and pro-democracy..
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Pentagon could start global troop rebalance this year, Esper says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force repositioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges..
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Pentagon chief says no specific evidence Iran was plotting to attack four U.S. embassies

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday said he did not see specific evidence from intelligence officials that Iran was planning to attack four U.S. embassies, an assertion made by President Donald..
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Lot at stake in West Asia, seek peace, India tells US, Japan

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told his US and Japanese counterparts, Mark Esper and Taro Kono, that India was firmly in favour of de-escalation in the ongoing tensions between the US and..
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Rajnath talks to US, Japanese counterparts, says India wants peace in Middle East

Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday told his US and Japanese counterparts, Mark Esper and Taro Kono, that India was firmly in favour of de-escalation in the ongoing tensions between the US and..
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Pompeo, Esper arrive at White House after Iran attack on Iraqi base

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived at the White House late on Tuesday after Iran fired missiles on at least two Iraqi air bases hosting U.S.-led coalition..
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U.S. should expect some form of Iranian retaliation: Pentagon

The United States should expect that Iran will retaliate over the U.S. killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday.
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No Iraqi request to withdraw U.S. forces, Pentagon says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he hadn't received a request from Iraq to withdraw U.S. troops from the country and noted that an Iraqi parliamentary resolution requesting a pullout..
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Iranian commander was planning attack within days: Esper

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Tuesday it was "more than fair to say" the attack that Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani was planning was to be executed in days rather than..
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U.S. ready to finish any war started with Iran: Defense Secretary

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday the United States wants to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but the country is ready to finish any war that could be started.
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Saudi deputy defense minister met Esper, discussed ongoing military cooperation: tweet

Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, said in a tweet on Tuesday he met U.S. Secretary of defense Mark Esper and discussed mutual challenges faced by both countries.
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