Bill aimed at strengthening India US defence ties presented in American Congress

It has been reported that the act seeks legislative changes in the Arms Export Control Act that would bring India on par with its major allies.

Amid the ongoing negotiations on the S-400 Triumf missile defence system that India wants to buy from Russia, a bill that seeks to further strengthen the US’ strategic relationship with India has been introduced in the House of Representatives.

The bill is said to be backed by several influential American lawmakers.

It is said that the US India Enhanced Co-operation Act was introduced by Congressman Joe Wilson along with Indian-origin lawmaker Ami Bera, George Holding and Tulsi Gabbard.

It has been reported that the act seeks legislative changes in the Arms Export Control Act that would bring India on par with its major allies.

It has already been mentioned that the US sees its relationship with India as a cornerstone of security in the Indo-Pacific region.

The US lawmakers said that two countries must come together to address emerging common threats, support maritime security in the region, and enhance military cooperation for joint exercises and humanitarian assistance.

“The citizens of America and India cherish the same values and independent freedoms, and the United States-India Enhanced Cooperation Act will strengthen this important alliance,” Wilson said.

Seeking to enhance the capabilities of the US and India to address emerging common threats, increase security cooperation, and expand joint military exercises, the act urges the US to encourage and facilitate India’s role as priority partners in the South Asia and greater Indo-Asia- Pacific regions.

The leaders of the two countries reached an understanding under which India would receive license-free access to a wide range of dual-use technologies in conjunction with steps that India has committed to take to advance its export control objectives, it said.

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