‘Nobody should fear’ India’s relationship with US

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi after their remarks to reporters following a meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

China need not fear from India and United States’ stronger ties as the two countries inked a key logistics defence pact, the Obama Administration has said.

“Broadly speaking, a deepening, stronger, more cooperative bilateral relationship with India is not something that anybody should fear or worry about,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.

Kirby was responding to a question on China’s reaction to the defence pact between India and the US that will enable their militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies.

“We both are democracies. We both have incredible opportunities and influence on the global stage, and a better relationship between the United States and India is not just good for our two countries, not just good for the region, but it’s good for the world,” he said.

While responding to a question, Kirby said that the United States and India’s partnership is beyond the sectors of security and

“There’s already a tremendous partnership between the United States and India which cuts across quite a few sectors and it’s not just security and defence related. It’s economic, trade, information and technology sharing,” he said while responding to a question.

“It is a pretty full and complete, comprehensive relationship and it’s one that we are committed to deepening and strengthening. I think that is the reason why the secretary of defence’s counterpart is here. It’s why the secretary (of  State) and the secretary of commerce, (Penny) Pritzker, are there in New Delhi,” he said.

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