The first engagement between the Defence and Security apparatus of President Joe Biden’s administration with Indian establishment within days of it’s swearing in shows the importance and relevance of India in the changed security narrative.
“The new US administration would be looking at India’s strengths with reference to its relations with Afghanistan, Iran and its standing up to China’s hegemonic designs along the Indo-China border and emerging Quad security relationship,” says Brig NK Bhatia, Indian Army veteran.
On Wednesday Jan 27, 2021, defence minister Rajnath Singh received an introductory telephone call from the new US Secretary of Defence, General Lloyd Austin (Retd.).
What did they talk about?
In a call which lasted for around 15-20 minutes, between defence minister Rajnath Singh and the US Secretary of Defence Austin, both discussed bilateral, regional and global issues. And also reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the multifaceted defence cooperation and also the strategic partnership between the two.
Significance of the call?
Indo-Pacific was the highlight of the telephone call, and the new US Secretary of Defence made it clear that the US is aware of India’s importance keen to further strengthen the relation as Stating that Gen. Austin calling just two days after being confirmed is significant, the source said Indo-Pacific was the highlight of the conversation. And talked about India’s importance in the region and is keen to further strengthen partnership.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, on Wednesday January 27, 2021, National Security Adviser Ajit Doval too had a telephone call with his US counterpart Jake Sullivan. Both agreed to expand the comprehensive global strategic partnership.