The US congress has finally passed out the order to ties the bond with India as its Major Defence Partner with the Senate passing the 2017 National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA).
It is also true that many of us were hoping for a higher designation for India – to match America’s NATO allies and Israel but a major defence partner position is also welcomed hugely by the nation.
“I am pleased that the final National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY2017 includes my recommended provisions supporting the deepening of US-India bilateral defence relations, including expanded military-to-military engagement, codifying the current organisational structures in the Executive Branch that support defence trade and technological development, and requiring the resolution of impediments to bilateral security cooperation,” Senator Mark Warner said in a statement.
Congressman George Holding, who moved a bill on this issue, said, “The 2017 NDAA Conference Report demonstrates the bipartisan support in Congress for enhancing the US-India security and defence relationship. The included language will help to promote greater military-to-military cooperation and increase opportunities for defence trade between our two nations.”
Mukesh Aghi, president of the US-India Business Council, who pushed for the Indian section in the bill, said, “In this legislation, Congress sends very clear directions about the way forward, which link US bureaucratic and regulatory changes to national security and commercial objectives.”
The act stays for the facilitation of advanced technology, which should be aligned with US conventional arms transfer policy. This will further support the dual military planning of both the countries on the issues like counter piracy, freedom of navigation, promoting weapons systems, maritime domain awareness mission and disaster relief.
PM Modi has appreciate the move in strengthening the defence cooperation between the US and India.
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