The US Senate did not endorse an amendment that recognized India as a strategic defense partner of the United States. The amendment in question was attached with US National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for the 16-17 fiscal year which the US Senate approved earlier. The act of proposing the amendment was received very warmly however, the amendment failed to pass. The NDAA 2017 B was approved on 21st May before Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the States. The amendment recognizing India as a strategic defense partner would have put India on par with the US’ NATO allies and boosted defense trade immensely.
The joint statement released after PM Modi’s visit to the States did not mention India as a strategic defense partner. However, a provision was included where the US President was encourage to coordinate with the government of India to develop military contingency plans for addressing threats to mutual security interests of the two countries on an ongoing basis. Another provision had the US President carry out a thorough assessment as to Indian capabilities to execute military operations of mutual interests along with the United States.
Senator John McCain regretted the fact that India was not recognized as a strategic defense partner as per the amendment and said,
the Senate was unable to debate and vote on several matters critical to our national security, many of which enjoyed broad bipartisan support.
The amendment is popularly referred to as the McCain amendment which noted that two decades of relations between India and the States had turned into a globally strategic and defense partnership based on shared democratic values, greater economic cooperation, security, peace and regional stability.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.