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Generational opportunity between India, US to work together:

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Defence Secretary Jim Mattis today said there is a "generational opportunity" between the two largest democracies of the world to work together.

Mattis, who and Defence Minister last week during his visit, noted that as the prime minister, Modi "takes the country forward economically" to a much higher level of living for his people, and to a bigger role in the world.

"It is a strategic convergence, a generational between the two largest democracies in the world to work together, based on those shared interests of peace, prosperity and stability in the region," Mattis said during his appearance before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

India, he said, is coming into its own. It's going to be a global player, he said.

"I think this is quite right, as Modi takes them forward economically to a much higher level of living for his people, to a bigger role in the world. And that role, from our perspective, is a wholly positive one right now," Mattis said in response to a question.

"We are natural partners, and the United States, and we recognise each other's sovereignty. We have respect for each other. But we also see the we're presented with right now," he said.

Asked to share his experience he had holding meetings during his the visit, Mattis said, "the meetings could not have gone better.

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First Published: Wed, October 04 2017. 08:42 IST