Indian-American Congressman Seeks NATO-Level Defence Ties With India

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Ro Khanna is likely one of the 11 sponsors of a invoice condemning the Pulwama terror assault

Washington: 

Indian-American US Congressman Ro Khanna on Friday advocated for NATO equal standing for India in bilateral defence ties.

Such a standing will take “the US-India relationship to the next level”, Mr Khanna informed PTI after a gathering with a prime Pentagon official that was targeted on strengthening India-US protection relationship amongst different points.

“I am working with Elliot Engel, Chair of the (House) Foreign Relations Committee, to give India the equivalent of NATO status in our defence relationship. I have introduced a bill in the House Armed Services committee and am working to build a coalition to get it passed,” Mr Khanna stated.

Throughout his assembly with Randy Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defence for Indo-Pacific Safety Affairs, Mr Khanna had an “in depth conversation” concerning the strategic significance of the US-India relationship.

The 2 mentioned methods to strengthen the financial and defence ties in selling democracy.

“We also discussed the need for Pakistan to use their leverage over the Taliban to prevent them from harbouring terrorists as we push for a responsible withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan,” Mr Khanna stated.

The 2-term younger Congressman from Silicon Valley over the previous few years have turn out to be one of many go to folks on international coverage within the Congress. His work on stopping the wars on Yemen and Iran have garnered the eye of the nation. With frequent look on mainstream tv media, Mr Khanna is seen by many on the Hill and the Administration as one of many key gamers in strengthening the US relationship with India.

“I believe the US India relationship is critical to the 21st century in helping stand up for innovation, entrepreneurship, and democracy and should be based on progressive values of respect, pluralism, and strong liberal institutions,” he stated.

Mr Khanna is likely one of the 11 sponsors of a invoice condemning the Pulwama terror assault carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Jammu and Kashmir in February that killed 40 CRPF personnel.

He’s additionally working with Congressman John Lewis to arrange a Gandhi King scholarship change programme for Gandhi’s 150th birthday.

In current weeks, a gaggle of Indian-Individuals have been upset with him becoming a member of the Congressional Caucus on Pakistan.

A gaggle of as many as 230 Indian American organizations this week in a letter urged him to withdraw from the Pakistani Congressional Caucus.

“Gandhi Ji believed in satyagraha, a perception that the reality will in the end prevail,” Mr Khanna stated within the context of the feelings towards him amongst a bit of Indian-Individuals.

“I am confident my record and work will speak for itself. I have worked very hard to strengthen the economic and defense relationship with the US and India and have established great credibility on foreign policy. I will continue to work to strengthen this relationship grounded on the ideals of the American founders and Mahatma Gandhi –ideals of inclusion and respect for every human being,” he stated.

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