US Senate okays non-Nato ally status for India

Notwithstanding differences on trade and commerce with India, US lawmakers and the Trump administration are on course to “upgrade” New Delhi to a status on par with Nato allies, with the Senate last week passing a legislative provision to this effect.

Part of the National defence Authorisation Act for the fiscal year 2020, the Amendment appended by Senate India Caucus Co-Chairs Senator John Cornyn and Senator Mark Warner to the NDAA provides for, among other things, increased US-India defence cooperation in the Indian Ocean in the areas of maritime security, counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and humanitarian assistance.

The amendment would also require the secretary of Defence to submit, within 180 days of its enactment, a report to Congress on US-India defence cooperation and to conduct regular joint military activities with India in the Western  Indian Ocean.  Read More

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