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US-India strategic interests broadly aligned, structural and deep: official


WASHINGTON: The strategic interests between India and the United States are "broadly aligned, structural and deep" and the binds will continue to thrive, a US professional has mentioned, as Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale concluded his a success shuttle to the American capital.

The three-day visit of Gokhale, which he began through meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and concluded through calling on National Security Advisor John Bolton, demonstrated the "transformation of our strategic" dating, the senior State Department professional mentioned Friday.

The visit got here amid simmering tensions between India and Pakistan following one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Jammu and Kashmir in nearly 3 many years.

On Feb 14, a suicide bomber of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad workforce rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a bus sporting CRPF personnel in Pulwama district, killing 40 of the warriors.

The US mentioned it supported India's "right to defence" after the attack.

India carried air strike at the biggest Jaish camp deep inside Pakistan 12 days later and Pakistan responded an afternoon after that through violating the Indian air house.

In a gathering with Gokhale on Wednesday, Bolton mentioned he reiterated that the United States stands "shoulder-to-shoulder" with India in the combat against terrorism.

"My overarching conclusion from the visit is that US-India strategic interests are broadly aligned, structural, and deep. That our relationship will continue to thrive and that commitment to this relationship transcends party lines both here and in New Delhi," mentioned the United States diplomat.

The two countries see eye to eye on Indo-Pacific problems, the urgent want to confront terrorism, and the vital importance of the rising US-India defence dating, the professional mentioned.

During Gokhale's visit, India and the United States also agreed to build six American nuclear energy vegetation in India, in a boost to bilateral civil nuclear power cooperation.

However, the UN Security Council checklist of Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a world terrorist didn't go through as China vetoed the proposal for the fourth time in 10 years.

Two days prior to the closing date to block Azhar's checklist used to be to finish on March 13, Gokhale had met Pompeo in Washington. About the meeting, the Ministry of External Affairs mentioned in New Delhi that Pompeo expressed his "understanding" of India's issues on cross-border terrorism.

The US State Department professional mentioned Gokhale and Pompeo "discussed expanding our defence and economic partnership, our complementary visions for the Indo-Pacific."

The professional mentioned they mentioned "our appreciation for India's contributions in Afghanistan, as well as continued support for the mission of Special Representative Khalilzad."

Gokhale held foreign administrative center consultations, which on the United States side used to be led through Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale. The consultations reinvigorated the most important mechanism in which the United States and India get together to match notes on world problems and discuss their cooperation during the arena.

"This year's consultations included discussion of developments in the DPRK, Iran, and Venezuela. It was clear in these conversations that we have many joint goals and priorities," the American diplomat mentioned, the use of an acronym for North Korea, with which the United States is engaged in talks to seek the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.


Gokhale also co-chaired the Strategic Security Dialogue with Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson. Members of his delegation held the India-US Space Dialogue with Assistant Secretary for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Yleem Poblete.


During these discussions reaffirmed their dedication to working together to forestall the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their way of supply, and confronting threats in house, the professional mentioned.


"Our consultations with India on these issues are of the same nature as those with our closest allies, demonstrating the level of trust and cooperation between our two governments. And, as was the case throughout Foreign Secretary Gokhale's visit, these conversations were frank, substantive, and strategic," mentioned the State Department professional.




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