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United States partnership with India vital in Indo-Pacific: American commander

By ET News

The United States’ partnership with India is vital in the Indo-Pacific and the teamwork helps provide security throughout the region, a senior American commander said on Thursday.

Commander of US Special Operations Command, Gen Richard D Clarke, is on a three-day visit to India.

On Thursday, he held talks with Army Chief Gen MM Naravane and other senior military officials, covering various key aspects of growing defence and security cooperation between the two countries.

“Our partnership with India is vital in the Indo-Pacific, and our teamwork helps provide security throughout the region,” Gen Clarke said.

“Whether we’re training together in exercises, or cooperating in many other areas, our relationship with India is strong and continues to grow. I want to thank the Indian defence team for their leadership, friendship, and commitment to ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific region,” he said, according to the US embassy.

The Indian Army said Gen Clarke’s visit will enhance defence cooperation and military ties between the two nations.

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