Washington, Jun 17 (PTI): The USA is “there for” India, the Biden administration has mentioned, noting that New Delhi’s relationship with Moscow developed over a number of a long time when Washington was not prepared for that.
“Now we have had a lot of discussions with our Indian companions, and the purpose that we’ve got made is that each nation goes to have a special relationship with Moscow,” State Division spokesperson Ned Worth advised reporters at his every day information convention on Thursday.
He mentioned India’s relationship with Russia developed over a number of a long time.
“It developed over the course of a long time at a time when the US was not ready or capable of be a companion of selection for the Indian authorities,” Worth mentioned.
“That has modified. This can be a legacy of a bipartisan custom now that has been the case for greater than twenty years. It goes again actually to the Clinton administration, definitely to the George W Bush administration, the place the US has sought a partnership with India, has sought to be a companion of selection for India, together with relating to the safety realm,” he mentioned.
This isn’t a partnership constructed in the midst of days, weeks, or months, Worth mentioned.
“I discussed earlier than that India’s relationship with Russia was constructed up over the course of many a long time, as international locations reorient their relationship with Moscow, as we’ve got seen a lot of them do. This will probably be a gradual course of,” he mentioned in response to a query.
“However all through all of it, we’ve got made clear to our Indian companions that we’re there for them. We’re prepared and in a position, and keen to companion with them. And we have executed simply that,” Worth mentioned.
“After all, we had a ‘2+2’ dialogue with our Indian companions not too way back. We are going to see Prime Minister Narendra Modi as soon as once more within the context of the I2U2, the association we’ve got with the UAE and Israel, together with India, incorporating India into lots of the partnerships we’ve got, together with in fact the Quad,” he mentioned.
“And that may be a group this administration has sought to revitalise, and it has executed so at very excessive ranges,” the official added. PTI LKJ IJT
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