US reaffirms Major Defence Partner status for India

April 19, 2017 NATIONAL 251 Views
US reaffirms Major Defence Partner status for India

Agencies/NEW DELHI
The Trump administration on Tuesday reaffirmed the Major Defence Partner status granted to India as US National Security Adviser HR McMaster met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks with his counterpart Ajit Dovalhere.
During the meeting between PM Modi and McMaster, views were exchanged on how India and the US can work together to effectively address the challenge of terrorism and to advance regional peace, security and stability, a PMO statement said.
McMaster, whose trip here marks the first visit by a top official of the Trump administration, shared his perspective with the Prime Minister on the security situation in the extended region, including Afghanistan, West Asia and North Korea.
The US NSA conveyed the greetings of President Donald Trump to the Prime Minister, the PMO statement said about the meeting in which Doval, foreign secretary S Jaishankar and some other key officials were present.
“NSA McMaster emphasised the importance of the US-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a Major Defence Partner,” said a statement issued by the US Embassy here.
India was granted the Major Defence Partner status by the previous Barack Obama Administration in December last year.
Modi recalled his “positive telephonic conversations” with Trump that “reaffirmed the importance attached by both sides to the strategic partnership and to stepping up India-US engagement across the board”, the PMO statement said.
McMaster also met foreign secretary S Jaishankar.
“The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-terrorism cooperation,” said the US Embassy statement while giving a gist of the overnight visit and McMaster’s meetings before.
Describing the meetings as “productive”, the statement said, “The visit was a part of regional consultations that included stops in Kabul and Islamabad.”
Earlier, McMaster and Doval held detailed discussions on India-US relations especially the security aspect of the ties, sources said.
The US NSA arrived here on Monday evening from Pakistan where he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and some top officials.
In Islamabad, the relations between India and Pakistan figured in McMaster’s discussions with Sharif.

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