New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday spoke to his US counterpart Mark T Esper, with the two leaders exchanging views on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic crisis. They also reviewed progress in bilateral defence cooperation, expressing commitment to further deepen and strengthen it. Also Read - Global Death Toll Due to Coronavirus Crosses 10,000 Mark: Here Are The Worst-hit Countries

In a telephonic conversation, the Defence Minister and his US counterpart expressed confidence that the world would overcome the challenge of coronavirus through ‘open communication and mutual support.’ Rajnath is also reported to have briefed Esper about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s efforts to coordinate COVID-19 relief process in South Asia. Also Read - Vasundhara Raje And Son Dushyant Under Self-Quarantine After Partying Out With Coronavirus Infected Kanika Kapoor

After the conversation, Rajnath tweeted: “Spoke to the US Secretary of Defence, Dr. Mark T. Esper this evening. We exchanged views on the grave situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and expressed confidence that through open communication and mutual support, the world can overcome the pandemic.” Also Read - Disney+ Delays Launch in India Via Hotstar Over Growing Coronavirus Fears

The Defence Minister further stated that they also reviewed the progress in bilateral defence cooperation as a part of India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership, adding, “India and the United States are committed to further deepen and strengthen the defence cooperation.”

On his part, Esper tweeted: “Had a productive phone call with Indian Defencd Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss ongoing efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, along with other defense cooperation activities. I look forward to the growing partnership between our two nations.”

India has thus far recorded 223 confirmed cases of coronavirus, including two fatalities. The US, meanwhile, has recorded over 13,000 positive cases of coronavirus, including nearly 200 deaths.