India says it’s early to speculate on US Senate Bill rejection

New Delhi: India who was rejected by the United States Senate for recognizing the country as a key “global strategic and defence partner”, says on Thursday that it very early to speak about the subject.

Basically, the US Senate rejected a key amendment recognising India as its ‘global strategic and defence partner.

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Interestingly, in a recently concluded India’s Prime Minister Naredra Modi’s trip of five nations which included visit of America in which India have been give status of ‘major defence partner’ where Modi has addressed a joint session of America’s Parliament.

India’s External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said “We have seen media reports about non-inclusion of an India-related amendment in the consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the US Senate.

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“The preparation of NDAA in the US Congress involves approval of different versions in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and their reconciliation to evolve a single consensual text, which is again put to vote in both chambers.

“The 2017 NDAA is in the process of its formulation and it would be premature to speculate about its final content,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

“This was an executive decision and already announced in the India-US Joint Statement of June 7. A number of Senators and Congressmen have moved proposals that only seek to reinforce this decision of the US Government.

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“It reflects the bipartisan support in the US Congress for stronger defence cooperation between India and the US,” he added.