US to help transform Indian military

The United States wants closer military ties with India besides cooperation in civil nuclear technology, US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns told a press conference after talks with Defence Ministry officials here on Friday.

Burns said the US had a “separate ambition” of a much closer military relationship with India and that it hoped to participate in the transformation of its armed forces. “We want to build a much closer military relationship with India,” he said.

“There will soon be the transfer of US naval vessels to the Indian Navy. We are very hopeful that the US can participate in the transformation of the Indian armed forces,” he added.

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