India and the United States have a growing convergence of strategic interests: Rajnath Singh

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Singh said the recent India-US “2+2” dialogue and the fruitful conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden have laid the groundwork for a more ambitious and strategic engagement between the two parties.

File image of Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. Image courtesy of News18

New Delhi: India and the United States have a growing convergence of strategic interests and both sides seek a resilient, rules-based international order that preserves the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries, the minister of peace said Thursday. the Rajnath Singh Defense.

Singh said the recent India-US “2+2” dialogue and the fruitful conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden have laid the groundwork for a more ambitious and strategic engagement between the two parties.

In an address to the American Chamber of Commerce in India, he said that India and the United States shared a common vision of a free, open, inclusive and people-based Indo-Pacific and Indian Ocean region. rules.

“We have a growing convergence of strategic interests as both countries seek a resilient, rules-based international order that preserves sovereignty and territorial integrity, upholds democratic values, and promotes peace and prosperity for all,” did he declare.

The defense minister also described India-US economic engagement as one of the defining trade relations of the 21st century and said there had been a rebound in bilateral trade over the past year, surpassing 113 billion dollars (one billion = 10,000 lakhs) worth of goods. .

“In the context of this growing trade, India-US Trade Policy Forum discussions to expand bilateral trade, remove market access barriers and improve ease of doing business are becoming increasingly important. more important,” he said.

Singh said the “defense pillar” of the US-India relationship is strong and growing.

“It is built on fundamental bilateral agreements, military-to-military engagements, cooperation in building defense capabilities and now a new emphasis on co-development and co-production,” he said.

“Lately, some US companies have expanded their local presence in partnership with Indian companies, producing in India, for India and for the world. However, we believe this is just the start,” Singh said.

The India-US “2+2” dialogue was held in Washington on April 11. Defense Minister Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held the dialogue with US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony J Blinken.

Prior to the dialogue that day, Prime Minister Modi and President Biden held a virtual meeting in which the crisis in Ukraine featured prominently.

“As we move forward to strengthen our relationship, I would like to stress the need to move from a buyer-seller relationship to one of partner countries and trading partners,” Singh said.

“I think India and the United States are uniquely positioned to leverage each other’s strengths for a win-win model in the years to come,” he said.

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