“India as Major US Defence Partner”
With President Donald J Trump hosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 26 June during his official visit to Washington, DC, the leaders resolved to “expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the countries and advance common objectives. They pledged to deepen defence and security cooperation, building on the United States’ recognition of India as a ‘Major Defence Partner’. The United States and India look forward to working together on advanced defence equipment and technology at a level commensurate with that of the closest allies and partners of the United States. ‘Reflecting the partnership, the United States has offered for India’s consideration the sale of Sea Guardian Unmanned Aerial Systems, “which would enhance India’s capabilities and promote shared security interests”.