WASHINGTON, DC (ANI) – At a time of changing global order and security challenges emanating from the Russian-Ukrainian war, White House Indo-Pacific adviser Kurt Campbell said the United States has decided to intensify their partnership with India as well as provide New Delhi with the alternatives on security issues. The official also called the relationship with India “the most important” for the United States in the 21st century.
“I think there are always challenges in our bilateral relationship, the key is to remain committed to understanding that the most important relationship, in my opinion for the United States in the 21st century, will probably be with India” , he said during a panel. discussion at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, USA.
“We need to make it clear institutionally that we are going to intensify our partnerships in the Indian government, stronger intelligence ties, stronger trade and economic ties,” the policymaker noted.
Responding to the varying political responses of QUAD partners to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he said: “It is unrealistic to expect that on every issue you will have full alignment between four dynamic nations “.
Defending India’s neutral stance on the crisis, Campbell advised that the United States was engaging privately with New Delhi and its leadership to communicate quite clearly that over time the United States wants to build a “stronger relationship with India”.
“I think it’s clear, though, in conversations and engagements with Indian friends, they understand the seriousness of the situation unfolding in Ukraine… And so, I think what we’ve been trying to do in a way responsible is to hire Indian colleagues privately. to communicate quite clearly that over time we want to build a stronger relationship with India.
Campbell also pointed out that the United States along with its allies like the United Kingdom, France and Israel will also help India with alternatives on the security issue.
“We need to help provide India with security alternatives, which means not only the United States providing capabilities, but also partners like Britain, France and Israel. We are working with other countries to support India, so it has a wider range of security and defense choices,” the White House official said.
Going further, he said that India and the United States have made progress in establishing a strong partnership. The partnership between India and the United States can be difficult but necessary, “not just at the presidential level – head of the prime minister, but in institutions like the 2+2 dialogue,” Campbell said.
Campbell also referred to the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between defense and diplomatic leaders, calling the meetings between the two countries “remarkable” and how the two democracies “were able to talk about a range of issues” committed to increase cooperation and engagement.
“I think the long-term trajectory will bring the United States and India a lot closer together.”
India’s strategically independent foreign policy on the Russian-Ukrainian war that began earlier this year has thrust New Delhi into the international spotlight. As many hoped India would have aligned itself with Ukraine and against Russia, given New Delhi’s growing involvement with Washington in the Quad group.
Speaking at the forum, Indo-American Democratic Congressman Dr. Ami Bera, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, has considerable influence over legislation and spending in this domain.
The US relationship with India is “strategic, deep and long-term,” Bera told the panel, stressing that he sees an opportunity in India-US relations because “India has shown an appetite for move west and the United States”. States”.
“Yes, there are still hiccups in our relationship with India, but at the end of the day, the trajectory is still going in the right direction,” Bera added.