US NSA meets PM Modi, reaffirms India as ‘Major Defence Partner’

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with US NSA HR McMaster during a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.PTI Photo/PIB

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with US NSA HR McMaster during a meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday.PTI Photo/PIB

US National Security Adviser HR McMaster met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi.

During the meet, the US reaffirmed India’s designation as a Major Defence Partner and emphasised the importance of its strategic relationship.

Both sides reviewed bilateral ties and the situation in the South Asian region. Indian NSA Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and some other officials were also present in the meeting.

Earlier, McMaster and Doval held detailed discussions on Indo-US relations especially the security aspect of the ties.

“The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-terrorism cooperation,” the US embassy said in a press statement after the meetings.

“NSA McMaster emphasised the importance of the US-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a Major Defence Partner,” the statement said and noted that the meetings were “productive”.

McMaster, whose trip here marks the first visit by a top official of the Trump Administration, also met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.

“The visit was a part of regional consultations that included stops in Kabul and Islamabad,” the statement said.

The US NSA arrived in Delhi on Monday evening from Pakistan where he met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and some top officials.

In Islamabad, the relations between India and Pakistan figured in McMaster’s discussions with Sharif.

As part of the South Asia trip, he also visited Afghanistan before travelling to Pakistan.

(With inputs from PTI)