Washington, June 28: Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the United States is one of the successful visits of this year in terms of productivity. The United States and India are working on the bilateral basis in many fields including trade, energy, infrastructure, defence etc. But during PM Modi’s visit, United States vowed to support Indian security forces by availing latest resources and technology it needs to protect the Indian people and support security in the region.
Notably, Mike Pence the vice president of US during US-India business council meeting said that the United States will continue to enable the Indian armed forces to obtain the resources and technology it needs to protect the Indian people and support security in the region. He also noted that United States will sell Sea Guardian UAVs, Apache attack helicopters, and C-17 transports to India and said that the process to approve the sales was "underway as we speak."
Pence further stated that the US and India can deepen their ties in many industries and areas. He also urged India to enact the necessary economic reforms to ensure fair and reciprocal bilateral trade. He also said India and the US are strong partners in the fight against terrorism.
Pence said, the United States and India already collaborate to a significant extent. But in the face of terror networks that are ever more sophisticated, ever more dispersed. He also added that both the countries will continue to take renewed action to facilitate two-way information and intelligence sharing to confront this threat.
However, just before Modi-Trump meet, United States approved the sale of naval variant of the Predator drone which is made by U.S. defense contractor General Atomics Aeronautical Systems to India. This deal would be a worth of more than $2 billion. On the other side, as Modi and Trump met on Monday, the State Department had also approved the possible sale of a Boeing C-17 transport aircraft with an estimated cost of $366 million.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence also hailed the first meeting between President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as "historic and productive," and said Trump recognizes U.S. ties with India as "one of the most important strategic relationships in the 21st century."