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India and US discuss opportunities to further strengthen interoperability

The officials underscored the transformative momentum in US-India relations.


Underscoring the transformative momentum in the India-US relationship, officials from the two nations held talks on opportunities to further strengthen interoperability and logistics cooperation.

During the 2+2 India-US Intersessional Dialogue held here on Tuesday, officials also discussed combined maritime engagements in the Indian Ocean region as well as expanded cooperation in the space and cyber domains, the Pentagon said.

The Indian delegation was led by Additional Secretary Vani Rao of the Ministry of External Affairs and Joint Secretary Vishwesh Negi of the Ministry of Defence, he said.

The US side was led by Under Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Dr. Ely Ratner and Under Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu.

“The officials also discussed regional security developments and strategic priorities across the Indo-Pacific region,” according to a statement.

The 2+2 Intersessional Dialogue advanced a wide range of ambitious initiatives across the scope of the US-India partnership, including defense and security, emerging technologies, people-to-people ties, clean energy and supply chain resilience, he said the Pentagon.

On the defense side, Ratner and his counterparts reviewed the progress the two countries have made in implementing the Roadmap for US-India Defense Industrial Cooperation. They welcomed progress on new co-production initiatives and committed to quickly conclude negotiations on the Security of Supply Agreement and Reciprocal Defense Procurement agreements, the statement said.

The officials underscored the transformative momentum in US-India relations and reaffirmed that a strong partnership between the two countries is essential to maintaining security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, it said.

Ratner reaffirmed the department’s commitment to working with India to advance a shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific, the Pentagon said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated channel.)

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