India Gets NATO-ally Like Status By US Senate
The U.S. Senate in the last week of June 2019 has passed a legislative provision that brings India at par with America’s NATO allies.
Relevance of the News: The news highlights growing India-US relations and the trust enjoyed by both countries for each other.
US National Defense Authorisation Act, or NDAA:
- The law brings India at par with America’s NATO allies and countries such as Israel and South Korea for increasing defence cooperation.
- The law provides for increased U.S.-India defence cooperation in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf in the areas of humanitarian assistance, counter-terrorism, counter-piracy and maritime security.
- The Bill has been passed by the US Senate and would be signed into law after both the chambers of the U.S. Congress — the House of Representatives and the Senate — pass it.
Directions of the Senate to Trump Administration:
- The Senate directed the Trump administration to scout more steps to implement the ‘major defence partner’ designation.
- It asked the administration to “facilitate interoperability, information sharing, and appropriate technology transfers" and to undertake "strategic initiatives to help develop the defence capabilities of India.”
- It urged for "increasing the frequency and scope of exchanges" between senior civilian officials and military officers to boost defence partnership.
- The Senate called for enhancement of the quadrilateral dialogue among the US, India, Japan and Australia.
Source : The Hindustan Times, 2nd July 2019