India And US Have Talks About Bilateral Ties Between Its Technology Sector Amid Pannun Assassination Row  

Bilateral Ties

India and the US are having serious fiction in their bilateral ties due to allegations about a plot to assassinate Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, a Sikh separatist mastermind of several Khalistan attacks, according to Indian officials. Simultaneously, there are also talks about booting the technology ties between India and the US.
The U.S. deputy NSA, Jonathan Finer has called up S. Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister of Indian in talks about key bilateral issues including assassination plot on Pannun. He also had talked with his Indian counterpart, NSA Ajit Doval about key bilateral issues faced by the two countries.
Finer and Vikram Misri, deputy NSA also reviewed the key bilateral issues that also included iCET (Initiative on Critical Emerging Technologies) and exchanging views on global and regional developments as per the Indian government. They also talked about the advantage of easing regulation that will facilitate high-tech collaborations between the US and India. With easier regulations, the US can also overcome the barrier in the defense and high-tech trading sector as transfer of technologies will be easier.
Regarding the allegations by the US on the assassination plot of Pannun no words were shared from Indian side if it was discussed during these recent talks. Although India has announced that a probe in to the matter, while US said its looking forward to hearing India’s view in to the matter.
As of now, India is waiting for the US President’s invitation acceptance for its upcoming Republic Day. The Indian government said, “The two deputy NSAs undertook the first comprehensive mid-term review of iCET after the first meeting led by the respective NSAs in January 2023 in Washington DC.”
iCET was launched by PM Modi and the U.S. President Biden to facilitate upcoming technologies and cooperation in that sector.
In the Indian government’s statement it says, 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, AI and High-Performance Computing, defense innovation, space, and advanced telecommunications through interactions between the respective governments, industry, academia and and other stakeholders.”
The statement also adds the two deputy NSAs will reiterate their commitment towards fulfilling the Indian PM and U.S. President vision of elevating bilateral partnership.

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