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US seeks more defence cooperation with India

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The was keen on more defence cooperation with and it did not want to see the country merely as a customer, US General in Craig Hall said today.

He said that in the last ten years defence purchases by had increased from zero to USD 15 billion.

"The US does not want to see only as a customer. Our goal is to create mutual defence partnership and interoperability. Together we need to produce and some have begun to happen," he said at an interaction organised by the

Regarding economic ties between the two countries, he said that average tariff rates were high in India as compared to the US and urged the to reduce both tariff and non-tariff barriers (NTBs).

This was one of the challenges in the economic ties between the two countries, he said, adding that India enjoyed a trade surplus with the US, which is the country's largest trading partner.

"Trade deficit with India of USD 24 billion is not healthy", he said.

Both the US and India had shared interests in promoting peace and prosperity in the region, Hall added.

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

First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 19:10 IST