US declares India as Major Defence Partner

"The designation of a 'Major Defence Partner' is a status unique to India and institutionalises the progress made to facilitate defence trade and technology sharing with India to a level at par with that of the United States' closest allies and partners," said a joint statement issued after the meeting

US declares India as Major Defence Partner

The United States on Thursday designated India as a 'Major Defence Partner' after a meeting between Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, The Indian Express has reported. This was announced in the India-US joint statement on Carter’s visit to New Delhi.

"The designation of a 'Major Defence Partner' is a status unique to India and institutionalises the progress made to facilitate defence trade and technology sharing with India to a level at par with that of the United States' closest allies and partners," said a joint statement issued after the meeting.


The statement further said the senior leaders exchanged views on regional security issues, including the threat posed by terrorism. Carter went on to underline the significance the US attaches to its ties with India and said, “Today our defence relationship takes a major step as we designate India as a major defence partner.”

On his part, Parrikar said, “It is not an exaggeration that our defence relations are a major driver in our bilateral relations.” He added, “I am confident that the defence cooperation will expand on the foundation you have built”.

This status puts India on a par with the closest allies and partners of the U.S.. According to The Hindu, This status is bestowed upon the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) countries and the U.S. treaty allies such as Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea.