US Ambassador to India Highlights Advancements in India-US Defence Partnership

Emphasizing significant strides in bolstering their defence collaboration, US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, stated that India and the United States are dedicated to fostering a resilient and rules-based international order to safeguard a “free, open, and inclusive” Indo-Pacific.

Addressing an event in the national capital, Garcetti mentioned that the India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue included discussions on ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. He noted that the joint statement from the dialogue reflects the commitment of both nations to promoting a rules-based international order through initiatives like the Quad, addressing global issues.

During the dialogue, ministers from both countries addressed the humanitarian consequences of conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, expressing solidarity with Israel against terrorism while also emphasizing the need to alleviate civilian suffering and adhere to international humanitarian law.

Garcetti expressed anticipation for increased visitor numbers in December and January, along with significant investments in Indian technology by US private sector companies. He highlighted the importance of government-to-government conversations, particularly in areas like space, defence, and production.

The US envoy underscored the progress made in strengthening the major defence partnership, citing initiatives like the US-India roadmap in industrial cooperation and defence. Additionally, he stressed the importance of deepening the conversation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) between New Delhi and Washington.

Garcetti emphasized collaboration and cooperation in emerging domains beyond weaponry, highlighting the operational level of military cooperation and the need to deepen science and technology partnerships. He emphasized harnessing technology for the global good and connecting and protecting nations.

Garcetti also revealed ongoing conversations between the US administration and the Indian government regarding increasing staff at consulates and expediting visas.

The India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, held in the national capital, featured External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh engaging with their US counterparts, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin. The dialogue serves as a platform for high-level discussions on critical bilateral and global issues, with a special focus on developments in the Indo-Pacific region.

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