With Gen Rawat as CDS, US sees greater defence ties

With Gen Rawat as CDS, US sees greater defence ties

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New Delhi, Dec 31: The appointment of Gen Bipin Rawat as the first-ever Chief of Defence Staff would catalyse greater defence co-operation between India and the US, says the Trump administration.

The State Department congratulated Gen Rawat on his appointment on Monday. "The CDS position will help catalyze greater US-India 'joint' cooperation between our militaries as discussed at recent 2+2, including through joint exercises and info sharing," Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells said in a tweet.

US Ambassador to India Ken Juster separately congratulated Gen Rawat and said he was looking forward to more productive discussions on defence partnership. "Hearty congratulations to General Bipin Rawat on being named India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.

Looking forward to more productive discussions on ways to advance the US-India defence partnership," Juster tweeted. AS CDS, Gen Rawat will be the principal advisor to the government on defence issues while also being the defence advisor to India’s Nuclear Command Authority. He will also focus on integration among the three Services — the Army, the Navy and the Air Force — and steer defence procurement. (UNI)