Washington: Encouraged by the growing
strength of Indo-US military-to-military ties, a top Pentagon
official on Tuesday said the "vital" relationship needs to be taken
from strength to strength.
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs
of Staff, told foreign journalists at a news conference that
the military ties between the two countries are "in a very
"The military-to-military relationship between India
and the United States has grown stronger and stronger and
actually is in very good shape. There`s very active
interaction between each of the services," he said.
"Certainly, before several years ago, before I had
this job, I was the head of our Navy, and the interaction, for
instance, at that time between our two navies was significant.
It continues to be. We continue to grow each year," Mullen
Responding to questions, Mullen said America`s
relationship with India is vital.
"It`s a vital region. It`s a vital relationship. It`s
a relationship that I think we need to make stronger and
stronger. So I`ve been very pleased with how it has grown and
look forward to that continuing to be the case," Mullen said.