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India, US destined to be partners: Pentagon

world Updated: Sep 19, 2013 11:18 IST

India and the United States are destined to be partners at the world stage due to their shared common values and outlooks on a wide range of issues, said the Pentagon as US deputy secretary of defence Ashton Carter concluded his highly successful trip to New Delhi.

In his meetings with India's national security adviser Shivshankar Menon, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh and defence secretary Radha Krishna Mathur, Carter reiterated that the US and India are "destined to be partners on the world stage ", said Pentagon press secretary George Little on Wednesday.

During his visit from September 16 to 18, Carter discussed with Indian officials the forthcoming meeting in Washington between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as well as the steps toward deepening the multifaceted US-Indo defence relationship, Little said.

“They held in-depth consultations on the ongoing political and security transitions in Afghanistan and other regional security issues, common multilateral engagements, joint military exercises, and the significant and growing defence trade between the two countries,” he said.

Carter and Indian officials discussed steps the US and India are taking to streamline their respective administrative processes and make bilateral defence trade more responsive and effective, Little added.

“In addition to these meetings, deputy secretary Carter visited Hindan Air Force Station, where he was briefed by Indian Air Force pilots on India's co-produced C-130J's and recently procured C-17's.”

Carter also hosted a meeting of senior representatives from the US and Indian defence industries focussed on additional steps the US can take to remove barriers to bilateral defence trade, said the Pentagon press secretary.

Before travelling to India, Carter made stops in Afghanistan and Pakistan where he discussed regional and bilateral issues. Carter, according to American Forces Press Service, emphasised on the need to develop an economic relationship between India and Pakistan.

“Their neighbour to the east is running away from them economically,” he said, adding that to develop its economy, Pakistan first needs peaceful relations with India to begin trading with them.

Pakistan is critical to US and regional security, Carter said. “Unless it’s part of the solution, it becomes part of the problem in Afghanistan,” he was quoted as saying.

“The government of Pakistan has flirted over time with using terrorism as an instrument of state policy. It is coming to the realisation that terrorism is a boomerang, and it comes back on you when you try to use it for your own purposes.”