Wed, 17 January 2018. 10:54

The United States Of America has yet again declared India as a major defence partner. On Tuesday the countries exchanged opinions to work better together and address the issue of terrorism for peace, security, and stability in both the countries.

After the swearing in as President, Donald Trump has spoken to the Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi over telephone three times. But the topic of defense partner was never addressed. During Obama’s Administration, India was major defence partner to the USA. On Tuesday, the Trump administration reconfirmed the status. This was decided in the meeting held between Indian National Security Adviser HR Ajit Doval and his counterpart of the US, McMaster who is visiting India to meet the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a press release, the US Embassy in India said, “The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-terrorism cooperation. The visit was a part of regional consultations that included stops in Kabul and Islamabad.”

Doval and McMaster held a detailed discussion about the Indo-Us relationship which mainly includes the security ties. McMaster has been in India since Monday evening, after a trip to Pakistan where he also held talks with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and Foreign Ministry officials. He also will be analyzing security situation in Afghanistan, West Asia and issue of North Korea with India and on a conference with President Trump.

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