US, India see each other as ‘trusted partners’: Indian Envoy

The United States and India are looking at each other as trusted partners and their trust is seen in the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET), Indian Ambassador to US Taranjit Singh Sandhu said. In an interview with ANI, an Indian envoy said, “US and India are looking at each other as trusted partners & that trust is being reflected in the iCET. The iCET is a historic beginning that provides a platform for both sides to move ahead together in the field of technology.” He also said the relationship between US and India strengthened after Prime minister Narendra Modi made his first visit to the US in 2014 and after President Joe Biden came into power, the interaction between the two countries and areas of discussion widened. “One of the pillars of the India-US relationship has been technology which includes innovation & startup culture. All that comes together through the initiative on Critical & Emerging Technology (iCET) and iCET takes it much further ahead,” Sandhu said. He also stated, “The initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) is a unique initiative because this is perhaps the first time that not only the administration but academia & the scientific community have all come together.” Earlier, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval made an official visit to Washington from January 30-February 1. He was accompanied by senior government officials and leaders of Indian industry. During his visit, both nations agreed to maintain sustained attention to achieve outcome-oriented deliverables within definitive timelines, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release. The NSA interacted with US policymakers and stakeholders across government, Congress, business, academic and research communities on a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual interest, it said. Apart from his meeting with US NSA Jake Sullivan, Doval held a meeting with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley, A