In­dia of­fi­cial meets Trump na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­dia’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser made a low-key visit to Wash­ing­ton ear­lier this week to meet with a se­nior aide to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump, In­dian diplo­mats said Fri­day, in a sign of New Delhi’s de­sire to forge close ties with the in­com­ing US ad­min­is­tra­tion.

In­dia’s Ajit Do­val met for more than one hour with Michael Flynn, Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, and they dis­cussed their re­spec­tive se­cu­rity pri­or­i­ties, in­clud­ing coun­tert­er­ror­ism. The diplo­mats spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to pub­licly dis­cuss the unan­nounced meet­ing. Do­val then met Tues­day with cur­rent US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Su­san Rice and Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry.

New Delhi hopes a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion will take a tougher line against Is­lamist mil­i­tancy by In­dia’s his­tor­i­cal ri­val, Pak­istan, but likely has con­cerns over a Nov. 30 phone call be­tween Trump and Pak­istan’s prime min­is­ter. In its read­out of that call, Pak­istan said that Trump de­scribed the coun­try as “amaz­ing” and ex­pressed a de­sire to visit some­thing that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has not done dur­ing his eight years in of­fice, although his pre­de­ces­sor Ge­orge W Bush did.

Un­der Obama, there have been pe­ri­odic strains be­tween the US and In­dia, but re­la­tions have picked up since Modi was elected in 2014. When Modi ad­dressed Congress this June, he de­scribed the US as an “in­dis­pens­able part­ner” and said to­gether they could an­chor sta­bil­ity and prosperity from the In­dian Ocean to the Pa­cific.

The world’s two largest democ­ra­cies share strate­gic con­cerns about the rise of China. While In­dia steers clear of a for­mal al­liance with Wash­ing­ton, the two mil­i­taries con­duct fre­quent joint drills and In­dia has turned to US sup­pli­ers to help mod­ern­ize its armed forces. Dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign, when Trump of­ten used neg­a­tive rhetoric against for­eign na­tions, he was largely pos­i­tive about In­dia. He praised In­dian na­tion­al­ist Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi for cham­pi­oning bu­reau­cratic re­form and eco­nomic growth. — AP

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