The US today reaffirmed India’s designation as a Major Defence Partner and emphasised the importance of its strategic relationship as its National Security Adviser H R McMaster met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and held talks with his counterpart Ajit Doval.
The US Embassy said, the two sides discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defence and counter-terrorism cooperation.
Mr McMaster, whose trip here marks the first visit by a top official of the Trump Administration, also met Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar.
The statement said, the visit was a part of regional consultations that included stops in Kabul and Islamabad. During the US official’s meeting with the Prime Minister, the two sides discussed key bilateral and regional issues, including defence and counter-terrorism cooperation.
Mr Doval, Mr Jaishankar and several key officials were present in the meeting that took place at the prime minister’s residence.
Sources said, earlier, Mr McMaster and Mr Doval held detailed discussions on Indo-US relations especially the security aspect of the ties.
The US NSA arrived in New Delhi last evening from Pakistan.