US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin made a telephone call to Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on September 20, 2021. Both the leaders discussed bilateral and regional matters, including developments in Afghanistan. They discussed defence cooperation and looked forward to working closely. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Secretary Austin also exchanged views about combating terrorism in the region. Both sides appreciated the mutual cooperation in the recent evacuation operations in Afghanistan and agreed to remain in regular contact in view of the evolving situation.