New Delhi: India and US today agreed that to expand on the progress already made by encouraging co-production and co-development efforts during the hour long bilateral talks between the Defence Ministers of the two sides .
India, on its part reiterated its deep interest in enhancing defence manufacturing in under Prime Minister’s Make in India initiative.
Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her US counterpart Jim Mattis agreed that the full implementation of the understanding reached following the announcement by the US last year recognizing India as a Major Defence Partner will provide further energy and momentum to our collaboration on defence technology and manufacturing.
“We also discussed how to refocus and re-energize the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) as a mechanism to promote technology sharing as well as co development and co-production efforts,” Ms Sitharaman said in a joint media briefing at South Block.
“We also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The situation in our neighbourhood and the growing menace of cross-border terrorism were discussed in depth. There is growing convergence in the approaches of both our countries on this issue. We both recognize the importance of holding those who use terrorism as an instrument of state policy to account and to dismantle the infrastructure that supports terrorism,” she said.
India welcomed President Trump’s new US Strategy for Afghanistan announced last month.
Both sides also discussed the issues relating to maritime security in the Indian Ocean and the broader Asia-Pacific Region as well as regional connectivity issues. India supports the freedom of navigation, over-flight and unimpeded lawful commerce.
India was of the view that disputes should be resolved through peaceful means and in accordance with the universally recognized principles of international law.
” We are entering a new phase in our strategic defence partnership with the United States,” said Ms Sitharaman