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Published: Wed, September 27, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

India, US Set To Expand Defence Cooperation Under Make-In-India Initiative

India, US Set To Expand Defence Cooperation Under Make-In-India Initiative

"There shall not be any boots on the ground from India", Ms Sitharaman said in response to questions at a joint press conference with Mr Mattis.

Mattis will express U.S. appreciation for India for the country's important contributions toward Afghanistan's democracy, stability, prosperity, and security.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took steps to reinforce a quickly growing defense partnership with India on Tuesday, declaring the relationship has "never been stronger".

As you are aware, India welcomed President Trump's new US Strategy for Afghanistan announced last month. Mr Mattis appreciated India's efforts to put pressure of North Korea.

India has already given $3 billion aid to Afghanistan and also provides training to its military and other assistance.

Both leaders discussed issues such as Afghanistan and Maritime security in Indian Ocean, according to media reprots.

"The very same forces which find safe haven in Pakistan are the same that hit at NY and Mumbai, " Mattis said.

In a clear message to Pakistan, India and United States on Tuesday said there can not be any tolerance terror safe havens.

Sitharaman also spoke about the partnership between India and the United States in the global fight against terrorism.

"We look forward to sharing some of our most advanced defense technologies through the defense technology and trade initiative", he said, add that this would improve the capabilities of both militaries.

"India was never interested in playing a military role and it reiterated its stand again by turning down USA request", said Kanika Sinha, a retired Delhi University professor.

The US expressed interest in deepening the trade and technology collaborations under the Make in India framework.

While praising India's support for Afghanistan when announcing his strategy, President Trump blasted Pakistan for harboring jihadists who are fighting and killing US troops in their allies across the border in Afghanistan, an accusation that Islamabad has long denied. The Donald Trump administration had recently said that India must play a bigger role in the development of the country.

"The US-India Business Council (USIBC) wrote to India's defence minister last month seeking a guarantee that USA firms would retain control over sensitive technology - even as joint venture junior partners", the report said.

On his part, Mattis said there can be "no tolerance to terrorism safe havens".

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