Declaring India a “Major Defence Partner” opens the door for increased mutual cooperation as India and the US have a convergence of interests on a range of issues like maritime security, domain awareness, counter-piracy and counter-terrorism, a senior Pentagon official has said. The US recognised India as a “Major Defence Partner” in 2016, a designation that allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from America at par with that of the US’ closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future.
India and the US are natural partners across a range of political, economic and security issues, Assistant Secretary of Defence, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver said while testifying before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee.
“In 2016, the United States declared India a ‘Major Defense Partner’, which opens the door for increased cooperation on a range of defence issues, most notably defence trade and technology,” Schriver told the sub-committee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy yesterday.
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