"These talks really did reaffirm the strength of the relationship. There is genuine positive sentiment on both sides and a real desire to grow the relationship in a positive direction," Robert Scher, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for South and Southeast Asia, told reporters.
Briefing a select group of media at the Pentagon, on the recently concluded 12th round of the Defence Policy Group meeting held in New Delhi on February 21 and 22, Scher said this is clearly one of the most important bilateral relationships that the US has with any country.
"Successive Secretaries of Defence have noted this and the guiding strategic documents for the Department (of Defence) have noted this as well. "We are committed to this long term strategic partnership with India and believe that together we can very effectively serve our interest and create a stable and prosperous region," Scher said.