Visit of US National Security Adviser to India

Dec 05: Jonathan Finer, Principal Deputy National Security Adviser of the United States is visiting New Delhi to hold consultations with Mr Vikram Misri, Deputy National Security Adviser (Strategic Affairs), National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS). This is a follow-up to the visit of US NSA Jake Sullivan to India in June 2023 and the visit of NSA Mr Ajit Doval, KC to the US in January 2023.

During the consultations, the two Deputy NSAs reviewed key bilateral issues and exchanged views on regional and global developments.

The two Deputy NSAs undertook the first comprehensive mid-term review of the India-US Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) after the first meeting led by the respective NSAs in January 2023 in Washington D.C. In May 2022, Prime Minister Modi and President Biden launched iCET to facilitate outcome-oriented cooperation in new and emerging technologies. iCET is co-led by the NSCS in India and the US National Security Council (NSC).

They took stock of progress made in building technology value chains under the framework of iCET. They expressed satisfaction with ongoing collaborations in diverse domains including semiconductors, quantum, Artificial Intelligence (Al) and High-Performance Computing (HPC), defence innovation, space, and advanced telecommunications through interactions between the respective governments, industry, academia and other stakeholders.

The two Deputy NSAs also reiterated their commitment to fulfilling the vision of Prime Minister Modi and President Biden for elevating the bilateral strategic partnership and agreed to broaden the scope of iCET to biotechnology, critical minerals and rare earth processing technologies, digital connectivity and digital public infrastructure, and advanced materials. They also affirmed the importance of easing regulations to facilitate high-tech collaborations and transfer of technology. Their discussions served to highlight the immense potential to tap synergies between their domestic initiatives and boost the competitiveness of industry in both countries.

PDNSA Finer called on NSA and EAM. He will meet the Foreign Secretary and also participate in the Global Technology Summit.

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