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US deepening ties with India in key areas, says state department’s Vedant Patel

India is a country in which we are deepening our relations within a number of key spaces, especially as it relates to deepening our economic ties, deepening our security cooperation, the official told reporters.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi with US president Joe Biden ahead of the G20 Leaders’ summit in New Delhi, India, on September 9, 2023. (Photo by EVAN VUCCI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

THE US deepening ties with India in several key areas, including economic and security cooperation, a senior American official has said, emphasising that Washington will continue to cultivate this relationship.

US state department’s principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel made the remarks on Monday (1) at his daily news conference in Washington in response to a question on US-India relations and the recent conversation between president Joe Biden and prime minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the recent G7 Summit in Italy.

“India is a country in which we are deepening our relations within a number of key spaces, especially as it relates to deepening our economic ties, deepening our security cooperation,” Patel told reporters.

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President Biden “had the opportunity to briefly see prime minister (Narendra) Modi in the margins of the G7 a couple of weeks ago,” he added.

“So this is an area where we will continue to cultivate this relationship,” he said.

Noting that the US hosted Modi for a state visit last year, the Indian-born Patel said, “I imagine there will be a number of additional areas where we continue to deepen cooperation.”

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The Indian PM visited the US in June last year at the invitation of Biden during which the two countries signed a raft of mega defence, trade and space cooperation agreements.

Patel added that US national security adviser Jake Sullivan visited India a few weeks ago too.

Sullivan visited India from June 17 to 18 and held extensive talks with his counterpart Ajit Doval, primarily focusing on the implementation of the ambitious India-US Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET).

Responding to a question on Pakistan and on India-Pakistan ties, Patel said the US would hope that any country on the face of the planet condemns terrorism anywhere.

“But ultimately, this is between India and Pakistan. Broadly, of course, we welcome any countries making more positive relations with their neighbours. But as it relates to this specifically, I just, I don’t have anything to offer,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)

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