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Biden admin to remain committed to a strong US-India bilateral relationship

Secretary Austin famous the good strides made within the US-India defence relationship, and he pledged to work collaboratively with the Defence Minister to maintain progress.

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PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 11:51 AM IST

The Biden administration goes to remain committed to a strong bilateral relationship with India, the Pentagon has mentioned, a day after US defence secretary Lloyd Austin spoke for the primary time with defence minister Rajnath Singh.

“The Secretary made it very clear that we’re going to remain committed to a strong US-India bilateral relationship,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby advised reporters at a information convention right here on Thursday.

“(They) had a good chat yesterday. They discussed a lot of issues, including our two nations’ response to the coronavirus,” Kirby mentioned responding to a question on the maiden telephone name between Austin and Singh.

Retired basic Austin grew to become the primary African-American to lead the Pentagon when the Senate confirmed him as US Defence Secretary on January 22.

During his dialog with Singh on Wednesday, Austin pledged to work collaboratively with India to maintain the progress within the bilateral defence relationship, the Pentagon mentioned earlier.

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“During the call, Secretary Austin emphasised the Department’s commitment to the US-India Major Defence Partnership, observing that it is built upon shared values and a common interest in ensuring the Indo-Pacific region remains free and open,” Kirby mentioned on Wednesday.

“Secretary Austin famous the good strides made within the US-India defence relationship, and he pledged to work collaboratively with the Defence Minister to maintain progress,” Kirby mentioned in a readout of the decision.

The Indo-US defence ties have been on an upswing in the previous few years and in June 2016, the US had designated India a “Major Defence Partner”.

The two international locations have additionally inked key defence and safety pacts over the previous few years, together with the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 that permits their militaries use one another’s bases for restore and replenishment of provides in addition to gives for deeper cooperation.

The two sides have additionally signed COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) in 2018 that gives for interoperability between the 2 militaries and gives on the market of excessive finish know-how from the US to India.

This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.

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