Trump has elevated ties with India in methods not seen beneath every other US prez: White House

Washington, August 18

US President Donald Trump has elevated America’s ties with India and solidified the rising partnership between the 2 nations in methods not seen in any earlier administrations, the White House has mentioned.

The US president will proceed to construct this essential partnership within the years to come back, it asserted.

“President Trump has prioritised US-India relationship and worked to expand all facets of the partnership over the last three-and-a-half years,” a senior administration official from the National Security Council of the White House instructed PTI on Monday.

“Given the two countries’ democratic foundations and their mutual interests in rebuilding the global economy following COVID-19, diversifying global supply chains, and ensuring the Indo-Pacific region remains free and open, President Trump will continue to build this critical partnership in the years to come,” the official mentioned.

“The Trump Administration has elevated the US relationship with India and solidified our growing partnership in ways not seen in any other US administration,” the official mentioned, noting that the president has enabled India to turn out to be the primary non-treaty ally to be provided an armed MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial System.

“During President Trump’s historic visit to India February 24-26, he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi elevated the relationship to a Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership. Prime Minister Modi was also one of the first foreign leaders to visit the White House after President Trump took office on June 26, 2017,” the official mentioned.

The senior official famous the 2 leaders have additionally spoken side-by-side at two main occasions – “Howdy, Modi” in September 2019 in Houston, Texas, earlier than a crowd of over 55,000 and once more at “Namaste, Trump” in February 2020 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, to handle a crowd of 110,000 individuals.

“These gatherings boosted our people-to-people ties and highlighted the warm personal relationship between the two leaders,” the official mentioned.

Trump’s Indo-Pacific technique prioritises nearer cooperation between the United States and India to safe a free, open, inclusive, peaceable and affluent Indo-Pacific area, mentioned the official.

“We have boosted quadrilateral consultations among the United States, India, Australia and Japan, with the four foreign ministers meeting for the first time in September 2019,” the official mentioned.

“President Trump has strengthened all aspects of US-India security and defence cooperation to build a comprehensive, enduring, and mutually beneficial defence partnership,” the official mentioned. 

Under the Trump Administration, the United States has turn out to be the second-largest arms provider to India, rising from nearly no arms gross sales a decade in the past to greater than USD20 billion at the moment, the official mentioned, including that earlier this 12 months, the US and India concluded USD3 billion in defence gross sales, together with MH-60R naval helicopters and extra AH-64 Apache assault helicopters.

“To bolster India’s role as a net provider of security in the Indo-Pacific, the Trump administration has lifted restrictions on the provision of sensitive defence technology, enabling India to become the first non-treaty ally offered an armed MQ-9 Unmanned Aerial System,” the official mentioned.

“As global leaders with vibrant democracies, the United States and India have cooperated to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. US and Indian pharmaceutical companies have collaborated to expand global supplies of critical medicines and are cooperating on vaccine development,” the official added.

In a separate assertion, Al Mason, co-chair for the Trump Victory Indian American Finance Committee, mentioned Trump has elevated India’s stature on the world stage and asserted that credit score additionally goes to Prime Minister Modi.

“Of course, due credit also goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his skilled policy towards the US. The India-US relationship has been rock solid. Kudos to the brilliance of both Trump and Modi for cementing the bond between India and US,” Mason instructed PTI. PTI 

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