India, U.S. Discuss Security, Nuclear Proliferation, Trade
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India, U.S. Discuss Security, Nuclear Proliferation, Trade

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WASHINGTON: Seeking to bring ebbing bilateral ties back on track, India and the U.S discussed maritime security and expanding regional trade in the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor and beyond, administration officials said.

During the sixth session of the U.S.-India East Asia Consultations, top U.S. officials "conveyed their condolences" to the Indian delegation for the crew killed in Friday's crash of Indian Air Force's newly-acquired C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.

They noted that this is a sad reminder of the dangers India and the US service members face while protecting freedom and democracy, a state department spokesperson told a news agency.

The U.S. side comprised of Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Daniel Russel, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Desai Biswal, and Pacific Command Commander Admiral Samuel L Locklear.

The Indian delegation among others included Ambassador to the U.S., S Jaishankar, Joint Secretary (East Asia) Gautam Bambawale, and Joint Secretary (Americas) Vikram Doraiswami.

Later, Deputy Secretary of State William Burns met Jaishankar to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues, and the Indian delegation met with Special Representative of the Secretary of State for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies, the state department spokesperson said.

"In all conversations both the U.S. and India affirmed their intent to extend our cooperation in and with regional and multilateral institutions," the spokesperson said.

"The delegations exchanged views on a variety of issues including maritime security, combatting nuclear proliferation, and expanding regional trade opportunities in the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor and beyond," he said.

Earlier, state department deputy spokesperson, Marie Harf, said the U.S. is working with India on a whole host of issues.

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Source: PTI
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Reader's comments(4)
1: The US considered India as the major state to counter China in the region but now with the emergence of Ukrainian issue it cannot open two fronts, one in Europe and other in South Asia. India has coordinated more with the Russia then countering China and backed Russian steps in Ukraine, US must see the failed Indo-US nuclear deal and shift its strategic cooperation from India.
Posted by:Adam Berg - 01 Apr, 2014
2: This is a question that how US would coordinate with India in the backdrop of Crimean annexation. India has sound defence cooperation with Russia also. It is actually enjoying the benefits of both rivals. I think this is really a high time for India to decide its priorities of friends.
Posted by:Tania - 01 Apr, 2014
3: But before doing this US must understand that the end of the Cold War brought into existence arms control treaties that have dramatically decreased the overall number of nuclear weapons in the world. Regrettably, at the same time, the number of states that possess nuclear weapons or that have the ability to develop the bomb is increasing.
Posted by:frank - 01 Apr, 2014
4: Every time they meet up and discuss the same issue. Why not USA being a friend of India and a well wisher of South Asian region brings out the regional issues, like Kashmir dispute which is a long standing issue with the two neighboring states.
Posted by:Sonakshi - 31 Mar, 2014