Stating that Indo-American relations are beyond political parties, the State Department said on Wednesday that Washington needs New Delhi’s partnership to address a number of global challenges and resolve the “big issues” on the continent. the world stage. .
US State Department spokesman Morgan Ortagus told ANI that India-US relations are “really important” to ensure the defense and security of the two countries as well as the freedom of navigation in the age of global competition. And the freedom of the seas.
Ms Ortagus’ remarks came a day after a 2 + 2 ministerial meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T Osho with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh .
Referring to India as one of the “selective partners” of the United States of America, Ortagus said that going to India for Pompeo and Arizona and communicating 2 + 2 was “incredibly important”.
The timing of the secretaries’ visit is important as the United States will go to the presidential election next week.
“One of the reasons this 2 + 2 dialogue is so important is that India has emerged on a truly global stage and indeed we know that the United States faces many global challenges. We do not face them alone. We recognize that we need India. We need a partnership to solve one of these big problems on the world stage.
“Well, it’s two plus two for Secretary Mike Pompio and Secretary Graff to move to India, it’s extremely important. You know, the relationship between the United States and India has been around for a very long time. It will exist for a long time to come. In the future. This relationship goes beyond political parties, this relationship between the United States and India is important to everyone and to our defense and security organization. There are a lot of friends and associates. But we have a lot more. Select partners like India, where we really take the time to do 2 + 2, ”she says.
Ms Ortagus said the two countries have confirmed that they are committed to the free and open Indo-Pacific region and that this is “really important” in the age of global competition.
“So we know that our two countries have confirmed that we are committed to a free and open Indo-Pacific, and that is really important as we enter this era of global competition. One of those things is going to be important. Basically there is the freedom of navigation, the freedom of the sea, the free movement of goods and the exchange of ideas, ”said Ms. Ortagus.
During the 2 + 2 negotiations, India and the United States welcomed the growing understanding on the Indo-Pacific among like-minded countries and noted that the code of conduct in the South China Sea does not prejudge the rights and legitimate interests of any country according to the International should do. Law.
A joint statement on the Third India-U.S. 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue states that the two countries reiterated their commitment to maintaining an independent, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region based on a rules-based international order.
India and the United States have signed five major agreements, including the Basic Trade and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), during the Indo-US 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue, which provides real-time data and topographic images from US military satellites to India. Will allow access to.