Partnership between India and the US has significantly strengthened: Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (L) welcomes Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor of India, before their meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, U.S., March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas - RTX32KDT

Vastavam web:  Observing that the partnership between India and the US has significantly strengthened, a top Pentagon official said today that the two countries have an increasing convergence of interests, including on maritime domain awareness.”The US-India partnership has strengthened significantly during the past two decades, driven by our shared values and a growing convergence of interests. The partnership enjoys broad political support in both countries,” Joseph Felter III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia, told.

In this capacity, he will be Mattis’s point person for South and Southeast Asia.”The US and India are natural partners on a range of political, economic, and security issues,” he said, acknowledging the significance of the bilateral defence ties.”With a mutual desire for global stability, the US and India have an increasing convergence of interests, including on maritime domain awareness, counter-piracy, counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance, and coordinated response to natural disasters and transnational threats,” Felter said.”The value of military exercises and bilateral activities cannot be overstated. We enjoy an ongoing exercise schedule with India to include the annual Army-to-Army exercise YUDH ABHYAS and the annual Navy-to-Navy exercise MALABAR, that now includes the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force,” he said.

“We welcomed India’s first participation since 2009 this year in the Air Force exercise RED FLAG-Alaska and look forward to re-establishing exercise COPE INDIA in 2018. We also enjoy their participation in the large multinational exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC),” Felter said.The report said that the strategic partnership rests on shared democratic values, security interests, and strong people-to-people ties.