NSA Ajit Doval speaks to US counterpart Jake Sullivan

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NSA Ajit Doval

New Delhi (NVI): National Security Adviser Ajit Doval today had a telephonic conversation with his American counterpart Jake Sullivan and conveyed his best wishes to Sullivan on his appointment as the new US NSA.

NSA Ajit Doval spoke to Jake Sullivan after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to his US counterpart Gen (Retd) Lloyd Austin today.

During the conversation, NSA Doval underscored that as leading democracies, with an abiding faith in an open and inclusive world order, India and the US were uniquely positioned to work closely on regional and international issues including combating the scourge of terrorism, maritime security, cyber security and peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.

NSA Sullivan stated that the US was looking forward to working together on the bilateral agenda and the common global challenges, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

The two NSAs agreed to work closely to further advance India-US relations, which are built on shared values and common strategic and security interests. They highlighted the need to work collectively to address challenges in the post-Covid era and further expand the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, read the MEA statement.

Notably, this is first high-level engagement between the two sides at Defence and NSA level after the swearing-in of Joe Biden as the 46th US President last week.