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US reaffirms India's designation as Major Defence Partner

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The US today reaffirmed India's designation as a Major Defence Partner and emphasised the importance of its strategic relationship as its National Security Adviser H R McMaster Prime Minister Modi and held talks with his counterpart Ajit Doval.

"The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-cooperation," the said in a press statement after the meetings here.

"NSA McMaster emphasised the importance of the US-strategic relationship and reaffirmed India's designation as a Major Defence Partner," it said and noted that the meetings were "productive".

McMaster, whose trip here marks the first visit by a top official of the Trump Administration, also Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

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

During the US official's meeting with the prime minister, the two sides discussed key bilateral and regional issues, including defence and counter-cooperation.

Doval, Jaishankar and several key officials were present in the meeting that took place at the prime minister's residence.

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 and Pakistan figured in McMaster's discussions with Sharif.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 14:02 IST