US and India look at each other as trusted partners: Indian Ambassador to US

India-US partnership: The United States and India see each other as trusted partners, as evidenced by the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET), according to Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

An Indian diplomat told ANI in an interview, “The United States and India see each other as trusted partners, and this trust is reflected in the iCET. The iCET is a significant first step that provides a platform for both parties to collaborate in the field of technology.” He further stated that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his first visit to the US in 2014 and President Joe Biden took office, the engagement between the two countries and sectors improved.

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“Technology, including innovation and startup culture, has been a bedrock of the India-US partnership. All of this is brought together by the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET), and iCET pushes it much further forward “Sandhu stated.

“The initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) is a unique effort since this is possibly the first time that not only the administration but academics and the scientific community have all joined together,” he added.

Previously, Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor, had a formal visit to Washington from January 30 to February 1. He was accompanied by senior government officials and Indian industry executives.

During his visit, both countries pledged to maintain sustained attention to achieve outcome-oriented goals within specific timetables, according to a news release from the Ministry of External Affairs.

According to the report, the NSA interacted with US officials and stakeholders from the government, Congress, business, academic, and research sectors on a variety of bilateral, regional, and global matters of mutual concern.

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Doval met with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, Acting Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, important Senators, and industry executives in addition to his meeting with US NSA Jake Sullivan.

On January 31, Doval and Sullivan co-chaired the inaugural meeting of iCET at the White House.

iCET aspires to establish the two countries as trusted technology partners by establishing technology value chains and facilitating item co-development and co-production. It also intends to use a standing mechanism to resolve regulatory constraints, export controls, and mobility hurdles.

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