On Monday, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman began the 5-days official visit to the United States, said that India considers the US a significant partner in defence.
At the commencement of the bilateral talks with US Defence Secretary James Mattis at Pentagon, the Defence Minister said that confidence and mutual trust is defence partnership between the two nations were growing.
Ms. Sitharaman continued that she was encouraged by the importance attached to the US-India Defence relationship in the new US National Security Strategy.
“A strong foundation has been laid for the India-US defence relationship over the years. India sees the US as an important partner in defence,” said Ms. Sitharaman adding that the two nations have maintained good defence consultations, military-to-military cooperation, co-production, scientific collaborations, industry collaboration, and co-development as well.
Exhibits confidence that the bilateral talks would withhold greater momentum to the dialogue and partnership between India and the United States, she claims that the relationship continued to be enough strong.
The recent meetings between the two nations, she said that they have underscored their mutual desire to proceed positively. The high-level exchanges are a manifestation of depth and quality of bilateral ties, along with a mutual desire to work closely on a range of global and regional issue, added Ms. Sitharaman.
She further appreciated the responsiveness of the US President Donald Trump’s Administration of country’s sensitivities.
At the same, it further indicative of the efforts and desire to have an even more robust relationship than ever before with the US.
“Especially over the past three to four years, we have made considerable progress. Our relations, based on common democratic values, enjoy strong political and popular support in both countries. There’s a growing mutual trust and also the confidence in defence partnership, which augurs very well for the future,” added Ms. Sitharaman.