This position assumes significance given that under the new Trump policy the US wants India to contribute more in the war-torn nation.
The legislative move is not linked with the recent joint India-US statement in which the Obama administration had recognised India as a “Major Defence Partner”.
The Wire compares US-India joint statements from 2015 and 2016 to assess the progress made in implementing decisions and highlight changes in priorities.
India and the US have agreed “in principle” on a logistics exchange deal to enable both militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and the replenishment of supplies.
On the eve of his India trip, Ashton Carter talked about the “strategic handshake” between India and the US.
Discussions on Indo-US defence cooperation must be on its merits rather than driven by sentimentalism.