US-India defence cooperation Act in Senate

US-India defence cooperation Act in Senate

Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s expected visit here next month, 2 top American senators have introduced a legislation to elevate the status of the Indo-US defence relationship.

The US-India Defence Technology and Partnership Act was introduced in the Senate by Senators Mark Warner and John Cornyn – co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus – on Tuesday, which if passed by Congress would elevate the status of the Indo-US defence relationship on par with that of America’s closest allies like NATO and Israel.

The legislation has been sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for necessary action.

The legislation, a similar version of the bill was introduced in the House of Representatives in March, institutionalises the US government’s focus on the US-India security relationship while sending a powerful signal to India that the US is a reliable and dependable defence partner.

“This bill supports strengthening our bilateral relationship, particularly in defence, and bestows upon India the status it deserves as a partner in promoting security in Asia and around the world,” Warner said in a statement issued by US India Business Council (USIBC) which applauded the bill.

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