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US House passes defence budget, seeks enhancing ties with India: Key announcements

New Delhi, July 15, 2017: The US House of Representatives on July 14, 2017 passed a $621.5 billion defence policy bill, which among other things aims at increasing defence cooperation with India. An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, beginning October 1 this year. NDAA-2018 was passed by the House 344-81.

Updated:Sunday, July 16, 2017, 23:01

US House passes defence budget, seeks enhancing ties with India: Key announcementsNew Delhi, July 15, 2017: The US House of Representatives on July 14, 2017 passed a $621.5 billion defence policy bill, which among other things aims at increasing defence cooperation with India. An amendment in this regard, moved by Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera, was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, beginning October 1 this year. NDAA-2018 was passed by the House 344-81.

The amendment passed by the House requires the Secretary of Defence, in consultation with the Secretary of State, in order to form a strategy for enhancing defence ties between US-India. Bera speaking on the new defence ammendment, said, “The United States is the world’s oldest democracy and India is the world’s largest democracy. It is vitally important to develop a strategy that advances defence cooperation between our two nations.”

NDAA-2018 asks the State Department and the Pentagon to formulate a strategy, which will focus on the common security challenges, the role of American partners and allies in the India-US defence relationship, and the role of the defence technology and trade initiatives. The bill also aims at steps on how to advance the use of communications interoperability and security memorandum of agreement and the basic exchange and cooperation agreement for geospatial cooperation.

Source: Indian Express

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