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Bangalore, Hyderabad to be key centres in Indo-US defence tie-up: US Ambassador

The US also said that talks between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month have sowed the seeds that have the potential to make US-India partnership the “defining counter-terrorism relationship for the region in the 21st century”.

Talking about the way forward in Indo-US ties, American Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, said that perhaps the truest test of a friendship between countries is the degree to which their armed forces trust and collaborate with each other.

“Ties between the US and Indian defence establishments took immense strides forward during President (Obama)’s visit,” he said at a seminar at the Vivekananda International Foundation here.

Verma wondered if anyone could have imagined a few years back that the US and India would have agreed to establish a joint working group on aircraft carrier technology.

“No example better illustrates the new course of our collaborative relationship than the decision by the US and Indian defence establishments and private sectors to pursue co-development and co-production of defence articles,” he said, adding that such type of defence collaboration was only done with the closest partners.

Nothing on n-deal done outside purview of Indian law: Govt

With questions being asked about the understanding reached on the nuclear deal with the US during President Barack Obama’s visit last month, India on Thursday maintained nothing has been done outside the “four corners of the Indian law”. “Let me assure you that when we arrived at the understanding with the US, we did so within the four corners of our law, international practice and our own bilateral agreement that we have agreed to...” Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said.
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