US reaffirms India as major defence partner

New Delhi

In the first visit by a senior official of the Trump administration, US National Security Adviser Lt. General (retired) H.R. McMaster called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. He also held discussions with his Indian counterpart Ajith Doval and foreign secretary S Jaishankar before departing in what was described by the US embassy in India as “productive meetings.”
During the talks McMaster emphasized the importance of the U.S.-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a major defence partner, the US embassy said in a press statement after the meetings here.
There was no immediate official word on the talks from the Indian side but aides indicated the security scenario in the region was discussed in great detail. The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defense and counter-terrorism cooperation.
McMaster’s visit was a part of US regional consultations that included stops in Kabul and Islamabad. McMaster’s visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India comes just days after the US dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb targeting an Islamic State complex in Afghanistan, close to the border with Pakistan.—INP

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