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US Senate rejects bill on special status for India

Reports say that the Senate has failed to recognise India as a "global strategic and defence partner" of the United States after a key amendment necessary to modify its export control regulations could not be passed

Bill on special status for India as a “global strategic and defence partner” has rejected by US Senate. The bill was proposed after Narendra Modi’s recent visit to the US and the PM’s meeting with President Barak Obama .

Reports say that the Senate has failed to recognise India as a “global strategic and defence partner” of the United States after a key amendment necessary to modify its export control regulations could not be passed.

Top  Republican senator John McCain had moved an amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA-17) which if passed would have recognised India as a global strategic and defence partner. His move came a day after Modi’s recent address to a joint session of Congress.

The US had recognised India as a “major defence partner” in a joint statement issued after Modi-Obama talks which supported defence-related trade and technology transfer to the country which would now be treated on par with America’s closest allies.

NDAA was passed by the Senate with an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 85-13. But some of the key amendments including the SA 4618 even though they had bipartisan support could not be passed by the Senate.

“The (Senate) amendment (No 4618) was not adopted to the NDAA,” a Congressional aide was quoted by PTI as saying.

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