US NSA McMaster Meets PM Modi, Discusses Defence Cooperation

McMaster is also to meet PM Narendra Modi and Sushma Swaraj.

Indian National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and his US counterpart Herbert Raymond McMaster met for the first time on Tuesday. This was the first high-level meet of Donald Trump’s cabinet officials with India. McMaster also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar was also present.

HR McMaster emphasised on the importance of a US-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a major defence partner to the US. The two sides discussed a gamut of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-terrorism cooperation.

On Monday, McMaster made a brief stop in Pakistan and met the Foreign Affairs Minister Sartaj Aziz, where he was informed about the “plight of Kashmiris”.

Aziz gave a detailed briefing on the policies being pursued by the Pakistan government that have resulted in improved security environment and the "economic turnaround" in Pakistan, the Foreign Office here said in a statement.

The Foreign Affairs Minister also said that the Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif has a vision for a peaceful neighbourhood while appreciating US’s attempts at reaching out to India and Afghanistan.

The US NSA also renewed the commitment of the new Trump administration to work closely with Pakistan in strengthening mutually-beneficial relations and also work towards the shared objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

(With inputs from PTI)

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