US Reaffirms Commitment to Secure India's NSG Membership

US reaffirms support to India's NSG bid

Us Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster speaking at the inaugural policy address

"The US Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster on Thursday said hailed immigrants" contribution to the US economy and said its policy on immigrants is not going to change. "We have four million Indian-Americans in the US". On China and the new worldwide philosophy, Juster said, "Our strategy in the Indo-Pacific is an affirmative strategy. we want to have a constructive relationship with every country in the region. with mutual respect, that does not infringe on the sovereignty of other countries. we want to have a constructive relationship with the Chinese".

"A number of United States companies have reported increasing difficulties conducting business in the largest market in the region - China", Juster added, "India can seize the strategic opportunity - through trade and investment - to become an alternative hub for United States business in the Indo-Pacific region".

Turning his attention to the Asia-Pacific region, he noted its importance and said that the USA in its National Security Strategy had identified India as a "leading power" in the region. Insisting that the USA will remain committed to the region, Juster then laid down the five pillars that he believed could provide the framework for the partnership.

Trade relations between the USA and India have grown from $20 billion in 2001 to $115 billion in 2016.

India, he said, could take advantage of this situation "to become an alternative hub for U.S. business in the Indo-Pacific region".

"That was really a major impetus in suspending the security assistance to Pakistan because we feel they have not done all that they could to try to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistan that are contributing to unrest in Afghanistan", Juster added. "A prominent example of this commitment was the Trump Administration's decision last June to approve the sale of the Sea Guardian Unmanned Aerial System, positioning India to be our first non-NATO partner or treaty ally to acquire this advanced platform", Juster said.

After the nuclear deal and the growing defence and strategic relations between India and US, Juster believes the next big thing in the US-India relationship would be in the economic sphere, now the most troubled spot in bilateral relations. "For India and the United States, the Indo-Pacific is vital to the security and prosperity of our people as well as others", Juster added.

"Over time, we should expand officer exchanges at our war colleges and our training facilities, and even at some point post reciprocal military liaison officers at our respective combatant commands, " he said. He pointed out that India's constant growth means that its energy needs are going to be substantial in the near future. He spoke specifically about Afghanistan and emphasised the need to eliminate its reputation as a safe haven for terrorists.

However, Juster made no reference to Pakistan in his speech. He also noted that collaborations with other nations like Japan and Australia to nurture multilateral groupings in the region.

"Pakistan is also important to situation in Afghanistan". "The longstanding commitment of the U.S. to a free, secure, and open Indo-Pacific has underpinned the stability and remarkable economic rise of this region - to the benefit of all of us".

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