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2020: A milestone in India-US ties


Washington: India-US ties were elevated to "comprehensive global strategic partnership" during President Donald Trump's visit to India in 2020, a year when the two countries solidified their relationship at an unprecedented scale and pace despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the domestic political stalemate due to the presidential elections here.


The two countries held the US-India 2+2 framework just days before the presidential elections on November 3, reflecting the maturity in the bilateral ties. India is only the second country to have this kind of 2+2 dialogue, which has become the leading mechanism to discuss issues across the breadth and depth of the relationship.


"President Trump's historic visit to India (in February) captured a period of remarkable growth in the relationship. And this was demonstrated by President Trump and Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi's decision to elevate the relationship to a comprehensive global strategic partnership," a senior Trump administration official told , capturing the developments in bilateral ties in 2020.


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