India a natural ally of US; ties going to be stronger: White House

Ankush Gundwar
Tuesday, 14 November 2017

India a natural ally of US; ties going to be stronger: White House

WASHINGTON: India is a natural ally of the US due to their shared commitment to democracy and counterterrorism, according to a senior White House official who said the bilateral relationship is going to get stronger and better under the Trump administration.

White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah's remarks came hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held a meeting in Manila on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit.

The two countries are going to have a "strong relationship and it's going to get stronger" under this president, Shah, the highest-ranking Indian-American ever in the White House press wing, told a group of Indian reporters yesterday.

"India is a natural ally of the United States, because of the shared commitment to democracy and to counterterrorism, and because the region is so vital to the US security," he said.

Shah said that the US-India relationship should stand on its own leg and "not be contingent" on any other relationship.

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