India, US have mutual desire for naval, maritime ties

Relationship with India a top priority.

India, US have mutual desire for naval, maritime ties, say top Pentagon commanders

WASHINGTON: With the convergence of strategic interest in the Indian Ocean there is a mutual desire for a deeper naval and maritime co-operation between India and the US, top Pentagon commanders have said.

“The convergence of strategic maritime interests in the Indian Ocean region to include the security of critical energy and trade routes, the denial of free passage to terrorists and weapons proliferators, and the need for effective responses to natural disasters have led to a greater mutual desire for deeper naval and maritime cooperation between India and the US,” Navy Rear Adm Kevin M Donegan, acting deputy chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy, said.

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