Strategic cooperation working groups address nonproliferation, counterterrorism and military cooperation. Here are some of the activities between the two governments that are advancing strategic cooperation.
- United States and India to Hold 2+2 Dialogue on September 6 (July 20, 2018)
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis look forward to meeting with their Indian counterparts, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman, to discuss strengthening strategic, security, and defense cooperation as the United States and India jointly address challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
- U.S. Participation in DEFEXPO 2018 Demonstrates Commitment to U.S.-India Major Defense Partnership Relationship (April 10, 2018)
“The U.S. designation of India as a Major Defense Partner marked a milestone in U.S.-India defense cooperation,” said Ambassador Juster. “President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are driving forward this Major Defense Partnership and our broader strategic relationship with a shared vision for peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.”
- U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Discusses Strengthening the Strategic Military-to-Military Partnership with the Republic of India (February 7, 2018)
Following his meetings, Gen. Goldfein said, “India is a leading power and strategic partner in the Indo-Pacific region. From our Presidents, to our Defense Secretary and Minister, to our Air Force Chiefs, we’re working together and looking for opportunities to enhance the inter-operability of our two forces as major defense partners in the Indo-Pacific region.”
- Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster – U.S.-India Relations: Building a Durable Partnership for the 21st Century (January 11, 2018)
Over the past 17 years, the United States and India have made enormous strides together. Some of the landmark steps along the way include the expansion of our defense cooperation and combined military exercises, the work of the High Technology Cooperation Group and the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership, the historic civil nuclear deal, the nearly six-fold increase in U.S.-India trade, the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative and the designation of India as a Major Defense Partner, and many other initiatives related to commerce, energy, the environment, science, technology, health, and other fields. Significantly, there has been strong, consistent, and sustained support for this partnership from the major parties in each of our countries, across multiple changes of government.
- Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India (November 13, 2017)
The two leaders discussed the comprehensive strategic partnership between the United States and India and their shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
- Secretary Tillerson Press Availability With Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, New Delhi (October 25, 2017)
- Secretary Mattis Travels to India to Emphasize ‘Enduring U.S. Commitment’
(September 25, 2017)
The U.S.-India defense cooperation has steadily expanded in recent years, underpinned by common objectives and goals in the region, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said En route to India, Sept. 24, 2017, adding that such cooperation will benefit both economies while reducing any legacy or trust issues between the two democracies.
- Defense Secretary Mattis Meets With Indian National Security Advisor (March 24, 2017)
Secretary Mattis specifically applauded India’s efforts to promote stability in the South Asia region. Both leaders reaffirmed building upon the significant defense cooperation progress made in recent years.
- Readout of Secretary Mattis’ Call with Indian Minister of Defense Manohar Parrikar, February 8, 2017
In their first conversation, Secretary Mattis committed to build upon the tremendous progress in bilateral defense cooperation made in recent years, underscoring the strategic importance of the U.S.-India relationship and India’s role in advancing global peace and security.
- India-United States Joint Statement on the visit of Secretary of Defense Carter to India, December 8, 2016
India-U.S. defense relations in recent years have moved along a remarkable upward trajectory. Marked progress on agreements, including the signing of a Defense Framework Agreement in 2015, have laid a blueprint for collaboration between our defense establishments and enabled deeper cooperation.
- Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma to Mark U.S.-India Peacekeeping Cooperation in Africa, July 25, 2016
As Prime Minister Modi said in his recent address to the U.S. Congress, “A strong India-U.S. partnership can anchor peace, prosperity and stability from Asia to Africa and from Indian Ocean to the Pacific.” We couldn’t agree more.
- Joint statement: The United States and India: Enduring Global Partners in the 21st Century, June 7, 2016
The leaders affirmed the increasing convergence in their strategic perspectives and emphasized the need to remain closely invested in each other’s security and prosperity.
- India-United States Joint Statement on the visit of Secretary of Defense Carter to India April 10-13, 2016, April 12, 2016
The United States and India share a deep and abiding interest in global peace, prosperity, and stability.
- Remarks by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on “America’s Growing Security Network in the Asia-Pacific” at Council on Foreign Relations, April 8, 2016
We see this handshake reflected in the Joint Strategic Vision Statement that President Obama and Prime Minister Modi released last January, and the 2015 Framework for the U.S.-India Defense Relationship, also a new thing, which Indian Defense Minister Parrikar and I signed last year in Delhi. The Defense Framework is foundational and it’s going to guide the U.S.-India defense relationship for the next decade.
- Joint Statement on Sustaining Action to Strengthen Global Nuclear Security, April 1, 2016
We welcome the participation of all countries that subscribe to the goals set out in this Joint Statement and wish to contribute to the work of the Contact Group.
- Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “Supporting Indian Leadership Across Domains” February 22, 2016
Clearly, as we are reminded too often, the threat of international terror remains a defining challenge for both our countries.