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Foundational agreements with India to provide framework for additional defence cooperation, says US

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

signing two foundational agreements with the US would provide the framework for additional and long-lasting defence co-operation between the two countries, the has said.

Tina Kaidanow, Principal for Political-Military Affairs was in recently and discussed these agreements with Indian officials.

"that we pursue some of the foundational agreements that we've been trying to pursue. that we continue our efforts on because those are the kinds of things that would provide the framework for additional and long lasting cooperation, whether it's space or another things," she said.

Kaidanow said the US wants to build long lasting, long term relationships with the countries in the region.

These foundational agreements, she insisted, are very similar for the vast array of partners and friends that the US does on a routine basis.

"We want very much to be in that group. We improved obviously. We have indicated that is now major defence partner for US. We want very much to do similar things with India as we are doing with a number of those other countries," she said.

"If we want that defense relationship to be everything it can be, if we want to realize that full potential, then those foundational agreements are important and we are going to need to find that way forward," Kaidanow said.

Kaidanow said the US has presented to Indians some good options to move forward.

"I think we can hopefully make some progress in that relatively soon," she said.

Noting that bilateral defense trade has gone up from near zero to USD 15 million since 2008, she said there is a lot more that could be done by putting some of those foundational agreements in place.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 14:25 IST
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