‘I know India likes its strategic autonomy but …’: US envoy Garcetti on deepening bilateral ties | India News

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NEW DELHI: US envoy to India Eric Garcetti on Thursday highlighted the necessity of close cooperation between the United States and India, particularly as the world is seeing more conflicts.
“I know that India likes its strategic autonomy, but in times of conflict, there is no such thing as strategic autonomy,” Garcetti said in an event in New Delhi.

“In crisis moments, we will need to know each other. I don’t care what title we put to it, but we will need to know that we are trusted friends, brothers and sisters, and colleagues in times of need.”
Garcetti further stressed the importance of investing in the US-India relationship. “It’s important for us as Americans and as Indians to remember that the more we put into this relationship, the more we will get out of it. The more we insist on a kind of cynical calculation in place of a trusted relationship, the less we will get,” he said.

He also urged his Indian counterparts not to take the bilateral relationship for granted.
“While it is wider and deeper than it’s ever been, it is not yet deep enough. If we take it for granted, I will have to fight many defence battles to help this relationship move ahead,” Garcetti remarked, underscoring the ongoing efforts to strengthen ties between the two nations.
PM Modi’s visit to Russia
Garcetti’s comments follow the Biden administration’s reaffirmation that India remains a strategic partner for the US, despite concerns about its relationship with Russia.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited Russia for 22nd India-Russia annual summit, which was closely watched by Western countries due to the ongoing Ukraine conflict.
During his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, PM Modi stressed that the Ukraine conflict cannot be resolved on the battlefield and emphasized the need for peace efforts.
Spokespersons from the Pentagon, White House, and State Department addressed India’s ties with Russia and PM Modi’s visit to Moscow. Pentagon press secretary Major General Pat Ryder said, “India and Russia have had a longstanding relationship. From a US perspective, India is a strategic partner with whom we continue to engage in full and frank dialogue, including discussions about their relationship with Russia,” as quoted by news agency PTI.
Discussing the implications of PM Modi’s visit, Ryder noted, “I do not think anybody will be surprised if (Russian) President (Vladimir) Putin tries to represent this visit in a way that seeks to somehow show that he is not isolated from the rest of the world. And the fact of the matter is President Putin’s war of choice has isolated Russia from the rest of the world, and it has come at great cost. Their war of aggression has come at great cost, and the facts bear that out.”

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