20 April 2017

News Story: Trump administration reaffirms India as major defense partner

By: Vivek Raghuvanshi

NEW DELHI — In the first visit to India by a senior official of the Trump administration, U.S. national security adviser Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster on Tuesday reaffirmed India's designation as a major defense partner.

"Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster shared his perspective with Prime Minister [Narendra Modi] on the security situation in the extended region, including in Afghanistan, West Asia and [North Korea," a statement from the prime minister's office said.

The statement also said McMaster conveyed the greetings of U.S. President Donald Trump to Modi, who recalled the importance of the Indo-U.S. strategic partnership and of stepping up bilateral engagement "across the board." 

McMaster also held talks with his Indian counterpart, Ajith Doval, and Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

A U.S. Embassy statement said that McMaster "reaffirmed India's designation as a major defense partner."

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