India-US ties were elevated to “comprehensive global strategic partnership” during President Donald Trump’s visit to India in 2020, a year when the two countries solidified their relationship at an unprecedented scale and pace despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the domestic political stalemate due to the presidential elections here.
The two countries held the US-India 2+2 framework just days before the presidential elections on November 3, reflecting the maturity in the bilateral ties. India is only the second country to have this kind of 2+2 dialogue, which has become the leading mechanism to discuss issues across the breadth and depth of the relationship.
“President Trump’s historic visit to India (in February) captured a period of remarkable growth in the relationship. And this was demonstrated by President Trump and Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi’s decision to elevate the relationship to a comprehensive global strategic partnership,” a senior Trump administration official told PTI, capturing the developments in bilateral ties in 2020.
“The US will remain committed to further strengthen the US-India partnership, given our democratic foundations and mutual interest in rebuilding the global economy following COVID-19, diversifying global supply chains and ensuring the Indo-Pacific region remains free and open,” the official said.
India and the US signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation (BECA), with which the two countries have inked all the all four foundational agreements to bolster defence ties.
The inaugural meeting between Indian Defence Innovation Organisation (DIO-iDEX) and US Defence Innovation Unit was held in July.