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US-India security cooperation deepened over last year: Envoy

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Security cooperation between and the US expanded and deepened over the last one year while bilateral trade and investment has reached new heights, US to said on Monday.

"The ties between our countries continue to grow stronger in so many ways," said in a video message posted on his handle on the occasion of the completion of his first year as to

He recalled his remarks in January shortly after his arrival when he said that the US and India "are on the path to forming an enduring partnership" during the 21st century.

"Our security cooperation has expanded and deepened," he said.

"This was highlighted at the inaugural 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held in in September when we signed a major communications and security agreement known as COMCASA."

Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman, US and participated in the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue during which the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) was signed.

COMCASA guarantees India access to critical US and to help the militaries of the two countries in their interoperability.

"Our levels of bilateral trade and investment have reached new heights," said.

"We showcased the US and India as leaders in innovation and technology at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) last November."

At the GES, which was held in in November 2017, the US was represented by Donald Trump's daughter

Juster said that India and the US launched a strategic and enhanced cooperation in aviation and

He said the two sides celebrated "and continue to do promising work in the health care and agriculture sectors".

"The US and India work together on regional connectivity in and peace-keeping in

"All these are part of our broader coordination to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region."

India and the US are part of a quad, also comprising and Australia, that was revived last year seeking to work together in the Indo-Pacific, a region that stretches from the eastern coast of to the eastern coast of

This came amid China's increasing influence in the region.

Juster that all of these efforts were built on the foundation of "extraordinary people-to-people ties between our two countries and the dedication and cooperation of our Indian partners.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 18:18 IST
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