Thursday, October 13th, 2016

New US Prez should meet PM Modi in 100 days: US think-tank

Narada Desk | October 13, 2016 11:15 am Print
The report said Obama continues a bipartisan run of three presidents who have seen India as key to US strategy in Asia
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

A top American think-tank has suggested that the new United States President, which will be elected in November, should meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi within first 100 days. The think-tank believes that it will signal importance of continuing close relation between the two countries.

The think-tank, Center for Strategic and International Studies ( CSIS), in a major report on ‘India-US Security Co-operation’, urges the upcoming administration to ensure that India signs the foundational agreements, which it it believes is important for strengthening the India-US defense relationship with just 100 days left in Barack Obama’s presidency.

It further stated that the absence of such agreements will also make it nearly impossible (if not completely impossible) for the US to provide to India certain advanced sensing, computing and communications technologies that India believes are necessary for its own defense capabilities.

“The next administration should work with Australia, India and Japan to establish a quadrilateral security dialogue, led by the US State Department and foreign ministries. The dialogue should focus on issues of common interest across the Pacific and Indian Ocean regions,” the report said.

The report further added that creating a specific opportunity for the US president and Indian Prime Minister to meet in the first 100 days will send a strong signal about the importance of bilateral ties.

CSIS in its report also recommends that the US and India should deepen announced efforts on submarine safety and anti-submarine warfare to include combined training and exercises to expand the capability of both countries as well as their interoperability with each other.

The think-tank recommends the new president should invite India to participate (as an observer or stakeholder) in the Quadrilateral Coordination Group talks with the Taliban.

CSIS also urges for establishing a US-India dialogue on the Middle East, modeled on the “East Asia Consults” of the US State Department and India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

CSIS said Modi’s emergence as a strong leader, just as the US was seeking to consolidate its strategy of re-balance to the Asia Pacific, gave America an opportunity to engage with a rising leader in India, and India an opportunity to reprioritise and rethink its engagement with the world.