The US is committed to a common vision for major defence partnership with India and will advance this during the ‘‘2+2’’ ministerial talks to be held later this month, a top Pentagon official told lawmakers on Thursday.
India and the US will hold the second round of ‘‘2+2’’ dialogue involving their foreign and defence ministers in Washington on December 18.
The inaugural ‘‘2+2’’ Indo-US dialogue was held in New Delhi in September last year. The special format reflects the growing proximity between the two countries in defence, security and counter-terrorism.
“With India, we are committed to a common vision for the US-India Major Defence Partnership, which we will advance at the ‘‘2+2’’ Ministerial on December 18 in Washington,” John C Rood, Under Secretary of Defence for Policy, said.
“We have agreed to expand military-to-military cooperation and improve inter-operability, including by establishing a new tri-service amphibious exercise, TIGER TRIUMPH,” Mr Rood said in her testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing to discuss the Department of Defence’s effort to implement the National Defence Strategy in an era of great power competition.