Washington, July 16: A $621.5 billion defence policy bill, passed by the US House of Representatives, aims at developing a strategy for advancing defence cooperation between America and India.
The National Defence Authorisation Act asks the State department and Pentagon to develop strategy that addresses security challenges, role of America and allies in India-US defence relationship, and role of the defence technology and trade initiative.
Once the Act comes into effect, the secretary of defence and secretary of state will have three months to come up with a strategy to strengthen cooperation between the US and India in the defence sector.
“The United States is the world’s oldest democracy and India is the world’s largest democracy,” said Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, who had moved an amendment to the Bill. “It is vitally important to develop a strategy that advances defence cooperation between our two nations.”
Under the Act, the State Department and the Pentagon will have to develop a strategy to address common security challenges, the role of allies in the Indo-US defence relationship, and how technology can be used for defence.
Talking tough on terror during PM Modi’s US visit, President Trump had said both nations are determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. India and America both nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organisations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism," he said.