American Ambassador Eric Garcetti highlighted India's significance as not just a strategic partner but a pivotal contributor to the global discourse aimed at addressing pressing issues and fostering enduring peace. Speaking on the India-US 2+2 Ministerial dialogue, Garcetti underscored the multifaceted nature of the growing relationship between the two countries.
Garcetti emphasized the burgeoning defense ties, encompassing not only the sale and co-development of weapons but also a closer operational collaboration between the militaries. This collaboration is set to include substantial intelligence sharing and joint military exercises on an expanded scale in the future.
The ambassador noted the recent 2+2 dialogue as indicative of a deepening relationship between the US and India, referencing the multiple visits made by top US officials to India this year. He highlighted the unprecedented level of engagement demonstrated by Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
The joint statement following the 2+2 dialogue reaffirmed both nations' commitment to securing a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific through initiatives like the QUAD, particularly crucial amid the region's escalating geopolitical tensions.
Garcetti reaffirmed the US's solidarity with India as a strategic partner, especially in the context of recent discussions between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Stressing the operational cooperation between the two nations' militaries, he emphasized the importance of technology partnerships aimed at global benefit and safeguarding against divisive technologies.
The envoy highlighted discussions within the 2+2 dialogue concerning humanitarian crises in Ukraine and the Middle East, emphasizing support for Israel against terrorism while striving to alleviate civilian suffering and uphold international humanitarian law.
Regarding US investments in India, Garcetti expressed anticipation for increased visitor numbers and substantial investments in Indian technology by US private sector companies in December and January. He clarified that such industrial ventures would involve direct engagement between investing companies, with the government playing a facilitative role in these investments, particularly in sectors like semiconductors and other industrial endeavors. Garcetti also mentioned expanding governmental conversations encompassing areas like space and defense production.
(With Agency Inputs)