WorldIndia lies between 'difficult neighbours', will help defend borders: US

India lies between ‘difficult neighbours’, will help defend borders: US


Highlights

  • The Mayor of Los Angeles, nominated for the next US Ambassador to India, has made a big statement.
  • Designated Ambassador Eric Michael Garcetti has said that India lies between ‘tough neighbours’
  • Garcetti said that he will continue to strengthen India’s military capability to protect the borders

Washington
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Michael Garcetti, nominated by US President Joe Biden for the next US ambassador to India, has said that India is situated between “tough neighbours”. Garcetti said he would further US efforts to strengthen India’s ability to “protect its borders and sovereignty and deter attacks”.

During a hearing confirming his name for the post of US ambassador to India, Garcetti told lawmakers, “India is located among difficult neighbours. If my name is confirmed, I will advance US efforts to defend its borders and sovereignty and strengthen India’s ability to deter attacks.

‘We will coordinate anti-terrorism with India’
Garcetti said that he is working through “information sharing, counter-terrorism coordination, joint freedom of navigation patrols and military exercises (in which I have participated as a naval officer with my Indian counterparts) and the sale of our best defense technologies”. We will make these efforts so that ‘our great defense partnership can be taken forward to its full potential’.

He said that if his name is confirmed, he will work with India to support a bold vision of promoting green energy through the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and the Agenda 2030 Climate and Clean Energy Partnership .

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