The US-India partnership is on a steady upward trajectory as a result of Washington and New Delhi making a concerted effort to move past Cold-War differences and toward advancing Indo-Pacific synergies, according to an article in Comparative Connections, a triannual e-Journal of bilateral relations in the Indo-Pacific.
India on Tuesday rejected the US State Department report on international religious freedom and said it was based on “misinformation and flawed understanding.” According to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We are aware of the release of the US State Department 2022 Report on International Religious Freedom. Regrettably, such reports continue to be based on misinformation and flawed understanding.”
The delay in the appointment of the US ambassador to India, marked by the impasse over the nomination of former Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti for the post, is weighing heavy on the Indian American business community and Senators alike.
The Foreign Ministers of Quad member nations who met in New Delhi on Friday, March 3, called for lasting peace in Ukraine and said without naming Russia that the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons is “inadmissible”.
US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried on Wednesday said the US is comfortable with the approach India has taken in buying oil from Russia and added that her country is not looking to sanction New Delhi as the relations between the two countries are most consequential.
Fighter jets have shot down the Chinese spy balloon that had been adrift across US airspace for days now.
“I ordered them to shoot it down,” President Joe Biden said on Saturday confirming the downing of the Chinese contraption that had gripped the country in a frenzy since Thursday, when the US department of defense had first made it public, acknowledging, at the same time, it was not first such incident.
The US Embassy on Sunday announced new visa programs for Indians including special interviews for first-time applicants and greater strength of visa staff across the country to reduce wait times for first-time visa applicants.
The United States and India have concluded a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on space situational awareness (SSA) and pledged to expand bilateral space cooperation, acknowledging the pivotal role international cooperation plays in the long-term sustainability and safety of outer space.