Pentagon for stronger defence ties with India
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 02, 2011, 09:20
Washington: Saying that India's importance for the US would grow in the long-run, a Pentagon report has favoured a mutually beneficial defence relationship between the two countries.

The Pentagon is working towards a series of steps, including co-development of armaments, transfer of some of its most advanced technologies, to strengthen military to military co-operation between the US and India, it said in its one-of-its kind rare report on India submitted to the US Congress.

"Over the next five years, we will continue to build the support structures necessary to ensure the maturation of a robust and mutually beneficial defense relationship with India in the Asia-Pacific and globally," it said.

"We will advance the defense relationship by deepening people-to-people ties through continued military-to-military engagements, implementing agreed upon cooperation and pursuing new avenues of collaboration with particular emphasis on maritime security and counter-terrorism activities and expanding defense trade and armaments cooperation," the Pentagon said.

The nine-page report was submitted to the Congress as directed by the apex American legislative body in its latest budget passed this year.

"The Department of Defense delivered the US-India Security Cooperation Report, which was requested in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012," the Pentagon spokesman George Little said.

The one-time report provides a current status of US-India relations and outlines ways to enhance bilateral security cooperation in the future, Little said in a statement.


First Published: Wednesday, November 02, 2011, 09:20

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