Underlining the strong ties between New Delhi and Washington, US Charge d’Affaires Ambassador A. Elizabeth Jones has called India “a partner of choice” for the country.
The US diplomat was speaking at the press conference in Bengaluru on the eve of Aero India 2023, which took place from February 13-17 in Bengaluru. She also opened the USA Partnership Pavilion at Aero India 2023.
Jones congratulated India on the country’s G20 presidency and looked forward to robust US participation. “India and the United States are crucial partners in so many ways to ensure a free and open, prosperous, connected, rules-based and resilient Indo-Pacific region where our democracies can thrive,” said the US envoy.
The diplomat also underlined India-US alliances in addressing several critical concerns and challenges. “We’re working together to address climate change, improve global health and prepare for new pandemics, cooperate on cyber challenges, build quality infra, and ensure sustainable supply chains,” said Jones.
The Indo-Pacific strategy focuses on building collective capacity to deal with challenges in the region. These include a focus on challenges from China, advancing the US relationship, a ‘Major Defense Partnership’ with India, and supporting its role as a net security provider in the region. She also said that both countries are strengthening cooperation on critical technologies from space components to semiconductors.