‘US-India defence ties a pillar of global peace’


Baker said that both countries are crucial for ensuring the Indo-Pacific’s peace, stability, and growing prosperity…reports Asian Lite News

The US-India Major Defence Partnership has become a pillar of global peace and security, US Rear Admiral Michael Baker said in his opening remarks to over 50 subject-matter experts, here on Monday.

He was speaking at the ‘Partners in Progress’ symposium jointly organised by the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, and Christ University with support from the US Consulate General in Chennai that was inaugurated in Bengaluru on Monday.

Both countries are vital partners in efforts to ensure that the Indo-Pacific remains a region of peace, stability, and growing prosperity and economic inclusion, Baker said.

“Our countries are making substantial progress through joint exercises, the reinforcement of defence industrial cooperation, the annual 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, and other consultative mechanisms. These efforts contribute to progressing forward an advanced and comprehensive defence partnership, ensuring close coordination between our militaries across all domains,” he said.

During his inaugural keynote address, Indian Rear Admiral Nirbhay Bapna said: “At these troubled times when the world is going through struggles and contestations, the US and India have emerged as like-minded and trusted partners.

“Information sharing and maritime domain awareness is a priority area of cooperation for both the countries. Looking ahead, the partnership is set to deepen further. Both nations are likely to enhance collaboration in emerging domains like cybersecurity, space, underwater, and artificial intelligence,” Bapna said.

The evolving security dynamics underscore the importance of a strong Indo-US naval partnership, which is a testimony to the strength of the Indo-US strategic relationship, he added.

Meanwhile, US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan is scheduled to visit India to engage with the new government in New Delhi as Narendra Modi takes oath as the Prime Minister for a record third consecutive term.

Sullivan’s visit was discussed when US President Joe Biden spoke to Prime Minister Modi last week to congratulate him on his re-election.

The two leaders stressed their commitment to strengthening the US-India Comprehensive and Global Strategic Partnership and to advancing their common vision of a free, open and prosperous India-Pacific region, the White House added.

President Biden praised the “friendship” between the US and India on X. This was followed by similar congratulatory messages by other senior members of his Biden administration, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

PM Modi responded to President Biden’s post, saying he was happy to receive the call from his “friend”.

Though Sullivan’s visit has been announced, his travel dates to India are yet to be finalised. However, it is expected to be in a few days.

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