On his first official visit to the region, United States National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, this week. McMaster is the highest ranking Trump administration official to visit India so far.
“The two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defense and counter-terrorism cooperation,” the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi said after the meetings. “NSA McMaster emphasized the importance of the U.S.-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a major defense partner,” it said, noting that the meetings were ‘productive’.
The Indian side said, “The Prime Minister recalled his positive telephonic conversations with President Trump that reaffirmed the importance attached by both sides to the strategic partnership and to stepping up India-U.S. engagement across the board.”
During the meeting, both McMaster and Modi exchanged views on “how both countries can work together to effectively address the challenge of terrorism and to advance regional peace, security and stability,” reports the Indian Express.