National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has met President-elect Donald Trump’s NSA-designate Gen (rtd) Michael Flynn in Washington during which the two leaders are believed to have discussed a wide range of regional and global strategic issues while exploring ways to further Indo-US ties.
During the conversation, Flynn is believed to have expressed his “high respect” for India’s growth in modern times and for its leadership, Indian embassy sources said.
Ajit Doval arrived in the US on Monday. It is understood that Flynn spoke to Doval over phone a few days ago, during which he invited Doval to come to the US for a meeting.
The first meeting between the two, which is believed to have lasted for over an hour, was an opportunity for them to exchange notes and views on global issues, and how to further strengthen India-US “co-operation and engagement in the months and years to come,” embassy sources said.
Flynn also expressed his “optimism” about India-US engagement as the two leaders reviewed the entire relationship including strategic and economic aspects.
India and US have off-late seen strengthening of ties on defence, trade and strategic level. The bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and outgoing US President Barak Obama has generated bright speculations of further strengthening of ties in the Trump regime.
During the course of his campaigning in the US Presidential polls, Donald Trump had praised India and its leadership, expressing desire to take forward the already established ties between the two nations.
(With inputs from the PTI)