Tuesday, March 21, 2023

India-US ties have progressed and deepened: Finance Minister

The bilateral ties between India and the US have further deepened and deepened, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday, adding that after the Ukrainian war, she opens up more and more windows of opportunities, citing The Nation World News Trends Report.

Sitharaman was here to attend the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. During his visit, he also held several bilateral meetings and participated in many multilateral meetings. He spoke to several top officials in the Biden administration.

“There is an understanding that India’s relationship with the United States has really progressed. It has deepened. No one is questioning it,” he told reporters in response to a question on bilateral ties.
“But there is also an understanding, not just the legacy dependency for defense equipment on Russia… that India has a relationship dating back several decades. And if anything, I can say with some confidence a positive understanding. This is not a negative understanding,” she said.

“I think more and more windows of opportunity are opening up, instead of (the US) saying that you have calibrated your position on Russia, it doesn’t look like you are getting close to us. No,” he said in a conversation. said during A group of Indian journalists in Washington DC at the conclusion of their visit.

Sitharaman explained developments in the Indo-Pacific region and the recently concluded 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, which was topped by a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden.

“Post that my meetings here have been pretty good and it doesn’t rank people that you’ve balanced, you’ve calibrated your position,” she said.

“In addition, the ongoing discussions on the Framework for Indo-Pacific Economic Relations are also gaining momentum and the PM said that he would consider it,” he said.

He said that India’s relations with America are improving day by day.

“It is a recognition that there is a friend, but the geographical location of that friend has to be understood. And a friend cannot be undermined by any reason. The geographical appreciation of where we are located…Northern frontiers tensions even in spite of Covid There is a constant crisis on the western border and sometimes the tools given to deal with terrorist issues in Afghanistan are being used to target us, no one can have a choice,” Finance Minister said.

He said that it is not that India has the option to transfer itself. India certainly wants friendship with America. “But if America also wants a friend, the friend can be a weak friend, the friend should not be weak. We are making decisions, we are calling, we are taking calibrated positions because we need to be strong. Where we have been given the geographical realities,” said Sitaraman.


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