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US reaffirms Major Defence Partner status for India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Trump Administration today reaffirmed the Major Defence Partner status granted to as its National Security Adviser H R McMaster Prime Minister Modi and held talks with his counterpart Ajit Doval here.

During the meeting between Modi and McMaster, views were exchanged on how and the US can work together to effectively address the challenge of and to advance regional peace, security and stability, a PMO statement said.

McMaster, whose trip here marks the first visit by a top official of the Trump Administration, shared his perspective with the Prime Minister on the security situation in the extended region, including Afghanistan, West and North Korea.

The US NSA conveyed the greetings of President Donald Trump to the Prime Minister, the PMO statement said about the meeting in which Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and some other key officials were present.

"NSA McMaster emphasised the importance of the US-strategic relationship and reaffirmed India's designation as a Major Defence Partner," said a statement issued by the US Embassy here.

India was granted the Major Defence Partner status by the previous Barack Obama Administration in December last year.

Modi recalled his "positive telephonic conversations" with Trump that "reaffirmed the importance attached by both sides to the strategic partnership and to stepping up India-US engagement across the board", the PMO statement said.

McMaster also Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

"The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-cooperation," said the US Embassy statement while giving a gist of the overnight visit and McMaster's meetings before.

Describing the meetings as "productive", the statement said, "The visit was a part of regional consultations that included stops in Kabul and Islamabad."

Earlier, McMaster and Doval held detailed discussions on Indo-US relations especially the security aspect of the ties, sources said.

The US NSA arrived here last evening from Pakistan where he Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and some top officials.

In Islamabad, the relations between India and Pakistan figured in McMaster's discussions with Sharif.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 17:42 IST