A State Department official stated on Tuesday that the United States and India had enhanced and deepened their partnership. “According to Jessica Lewis, assistant secretary of state for the political-military bureau, India is a very significant nation in the region.”
Ms. Lewis told the Defense Writers Group that “we have expanded and improved our connection to India, the largest democracy in the world and an extremely important nation in the area, and we are proceeding to do so.”
“The way we see it is that we provide India a choice over how to advance and solidify their strategic relationship with us. I’m quite pleased with the direction that it’s taking. “They have a long history, of course, but we are, in my opinion, moving forward pretty well in that regard,” Ms. Lewis added.
In response to a query, Ms. Lewis stated that nations all around the world are looking to diversify their weaponry one year after the war in Ukraine.
“Countries are approaching us and expressing the possibility of diversifying away from Russian technology in ways they haven’t done previously. They are voicing concerns about the materiel that Russia is giving and Moscow’s ability to continue delivering it in part because they are witnessing the failure of Russia and Soviet policy in the conflict, but also for other reasons.”
“We believe that this time makes it possible for us to consider the issue since nations are showing interest in moving away from Russian weapons, both for the United States and for our friends and partners, so it does make sense for us to provide nations with an option; we’re giving nations a selection,” she said.
Beyond merely acquiring the best military hardware in the world, there are a number of highly compelling reasons to have a close security cooperation relationship with the United States. Also, it is about developing relationships, conversing, and tackling problems like human rights.