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‘To dramatically deepen’ bilateral ties with India: US Secretary of State

In a speech titled ‘Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century’ at the Washington-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came out with a bold statement that he was “ determined to dramatically deepen” bilateral ties when he visits India with which Donald Trump’s government has chosen to build special relationship. Unlike China, India is a democracy and is committed to the rule of law and it did not engage in “predatory economics”.

On a five-nation tour he has undertaken, he will travel to India and the other nations are Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Switzerland.

Tillerson will make Saudi Arabia his first stop on the week-long tour beginning on Friday. He will then travel to Doha, where he will meet with Qatari leaders and US military officials to discuss joint counter-terrorism efforts, the ongoing Gulf dispute and other regional and bilateral issues, including Iran and Iraq, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

In New Delhi, Tillerson will meet with senior Indian leaders to "discuss further strengthening of our strategic partnership and collaboration on security and prosperity" in the Indo-Pacific region, Nauert said. "The Secretary's visit to India will advance the ambitious agenda laid out by President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Prime Minister's visit to the White House in June," she said.

Earlier, Tillerson expressed his keenness to put India's Major Defence Partner designation into action by putting state of the art defence technology and equipment like the Guardian UAVs on offer while adding that the US wants to boost India's defence manufacturing capabilities so other Indo-Pacific countries who share the same view of the world unlike China are also strengthened.


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