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WASHINGTON: India is a vital associate, particularly when one considers all of the challenges within the Indo-Pacific area, the Pentagon stated on the eve of the maiden Quad ministerial assembly underneath the Biden administration.
Quad ministerial is an off-the-cuff grouping of 4 nations, particularly, Australia, India, Japan and the United States.
“India is a critical partner, especially when you consider all of the challenges in the Indo-Pacific region,” Pentagon press secretary John Kirby advised reporters at a information convention on Wednesday.
The State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, advised reporters at his each day information convention, “I’m happy to announce that tomorrow (Thursday) morning, secretary Blinken and his counterparts from Japan, Australia and India will converse collectively.
“This dialogue with the Quad overseas ministers is vital to advancing our shared targets of a free and open Indo-Pacific and rising to the defining challenges of our time, together with coordinating our efforts on COVID-19 response in addition to local weather change,” he stated.
Recent media reviews in Japan have acknowledged that a Quad management summit was within the works. So far, there was no affirmation from the Biden administration.
Defense secretary Lloyd Austin can be supportive of such a gathering, Kirby stated in response to a query.
“It (India) is a very important bilateral relationship that we have and particularly military-to-military relations. India is a critical partner, especially when you consider all of the challenges in the Indo-Pacific region,” he stated.
“What I can tell you plainly is that the (defense) secretary is prioritizing this relationship, wants to see it continue to grow and develop and to get stronger and he looks very much looking forward to working on initiatives to do just that,” Kirby added.
In an op-ed in Newsweek this week, India’s ambassador to the US, Taranjit Sing Sandhu had stated that the deepening protection and strategic partnership constituted an vital space of cooperation, which rests on a powerful institutional framework for protection collaboration and the shared strategic pursuits.
“This will be particularly important in Asia where we will work bilaterally and with like-minded partners to pursue a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, while advancing the security and economic interests of countries with legitimate and vital interests in the region. And we will build on the deepening trade and investment linkages that create economic opportunities and jobs in both countries,” Sandhu wrote.

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