India is world’s largest democracy and strategic partner of US: State Dept

Modi and Joe Biden. [Photo: Twitter/narendramodi]

The Biden administration has said that India remains a crucial strategic ally of the US and indicated that the nature of this partnership is expected to persist without change.

This stance was articulated by US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller during a press briefing on Monday.

Miller addressed inquiries about the US-India relationship, particularly in light of critical articles and opinions regarding the Indian government prior to the Lok Sabha elections.

In response to concerns about perceived democratic regression in India and recent State Department remarks on alleged opposition suppression, Miller affirmed, “India, as the world’s largest democracy, is an important strategic partner of the United States, and I anticipate this will continue to be the case.”

Recent statements from US officials have consistently highlighted India’s significance as a key partner, underscoring the ongoing development of the bilateral relationship.

Nonetheless, following Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s landmark official visit to the White House last year, there has been some tension in the relationship, notably concerning the Sikh separatist movement in the US and an unusual State Department statement regarding the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. India strongly objected to the State Department’s commentary on this matter.

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