U.S. working to ensure India is in NSG: Envoy

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

In a speech on India-US relations in New Delhi, Juster also said that the "America First" initiative of US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Make in India" programme were not at variance with each other.

On the economic and commercial relations, Juster said that India can provide an alternative to the U.S. companies that downgrading their operations in China and looking alternative markets.

Accordingly, some companies are downgrading their operations there, while others are looking with great interest in alternative markets. "So we are a country of immigrants and that's what helped drive our economy and growth and made us where we are and that's not going to change", he said while delivering his first policy speech since taking over as ambassador.

The speech on Thursday was organised by the think-tank Carnegie India.

"We have a strong mutual interest in eliminating this threat to our societies". Juster replied, saying that the Trump administration would not tolerate "safe havens for terrorists anywhere" or "cross-border terrorism". He also underlined that the United States is concerned about persistent trade deficits with India.

Referring to defence ties Juster said, "Perhaps in the next year we can announce some major agreements - fighter jets, advanced helicopters, unmanned ground vehicles and intelligence exchange".

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"Now, India is celebrating its membership in two of the four multilateral export control regimes the Wassenaar Arrangement on dual-use items, which India just joined, and the Missile Technology Control Regime".

"In line with India's desire to produce more of its equipment in its own country, I want to emphasise that the United States is more than just another supplier". "We also expect in the very near future India to join the Australia Group on chemical and biological weapons".

Allaying fears of a probable change in the visa regulations that could affect around 750,000 Indian H-1B visa holders and could even lead to them being deported, American Ambassador Kenneth Juster assured on January 11 that the United States will continue to be a country of immigrants and that will not change. "We are working with partners to secure India's Nuclear Suppliers Group membership", he said.

"As the US National Security Strategy recognizes, India is "a leading power" in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond". Hopefully, their feedback to their countries would help crystallize thinking on the issue of terrorism, Pakistan's role and contribution, its sacrifices, the need to extend support to the country and scuttle propaganda against the country being unleashed by some forces as part of their regional and global agenda. We are each investing substantial resources on Afghanistan's reconstruction and future.

He described regional cooperation to promote stability and welfare the final pillar in building out our strategic partnership.

"It is now time to build upon this foundation in a flexible but purposive manner.It is now time to make sure that the strategic partnership is a durable partnership", Juster said. He said that they have made a significant mark on the American technology landscape, while also benefiting India.

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