Indian Ambassador to US Taranjit Singh Sandhu says bilateral military and security ties are stronger than ever
The sale of major defense equipment to India, which now amounts to 20 billion dollars, shows the American commitment to Indian security and sovereignty, the Biden administration said on Wednesday.
“As of this year, the United States has approved over $ 20 billion in defense sales to India. It is these offerings of advanced U.S. defense platforms that demonstrate our commitment to Indian security and sovereignty,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters in his daily news conferences.
“It shows our commitment to this global, comprehensive, strategic partnership,” he said. A spokesman was asked if the new Biden administration was reviewing its defense agreements with India, as it is doing with some other countries. “I have nothing for you in pending sales or in the review process for them. As far as I understand, there is currently nothing on the train that India has accepted. But if there is any change in the pending transfer status, I will be happy to let you know.” , he said.
In a recent interview with PTI, Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu said bilateral military and security ties are stronger than ever before. India will improve military-military co-operation between the two countries by declaring it a ‘Main Defense Partner’ and agreeing to a Strategic Approval for Trade Permit-1 by the US and signing four core agreements with Washington, Sandhu said.
India has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Logistics Exchanges (LEMOA), an Agreement on Compatibility and Security of Communications (COMCASA), an Industrial Security Annex and a Basic Agreement on Exchange and Cooperation (BECA) to facilitate cooperation between the charms, he said.