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India ‘potential’ institutional reforms amid assassination allegations: U.S. official

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 U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell 
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India is “potential” institutional reforms in opposition to the backdrop of the Pannun situation and alleged assassination makes an attempt, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell mentioned on June 26, including that the U.S. seeks “accountability” from the Indian authorities and has “consistently” requested for updates on the committee investigating the matter.

“We have had constructive dialogue with India on this topic and they have been responsive to our concerns. We made clear that we seek accountability from the government of India and we have consistently asked for updates on the Indian committee… We raised this issue directly with the Indian government at the most senior levels between our two countries,” Mr. Campbell mentioned. “We also believe that Indian colleagues are looking carefully at what potential institutional reforms might be necessary in the wake of some of these allegations and reports… Those discussions continue between the U.S. and India.”

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Mr. Campbell was talking at a digital briefing on the second India-U.S. initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET) dialogue that was chaired by the National Security Advisers of each nations final week.

The External Affairs Ministry arrange a “high-level” inquiry committee on November 18 into the alleged assassination plot in opposition to U.S.-Canadian Khalistani separatist chief Gurpatwant Singh Pannun in May 2023.

The investigation into the case by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has led to a chargesheet in opposition to an Indian nationwide, Nikhil Gupta, 52, who allegedly employed a hitman to focus on Khalistani separatists within the U.S. and Canada on the behest of a senior Indian safety official.

Mr. Gupta was extradited to the U.S. from Czech republic final week and has since been produced in a New York court docket.

India-Russia ties

To a query on India-Russia ties amid the deepening India-U.S. technological cooperation, Mr. Campbell mentioned the U.S. and India have a “full and frank” dialogue and likewise focus on mutual relationships, together with India’s relationship with Russia.

“We are seeking to develop a much deeper and stronger technological relationship between the U.S. and India. We have been clear which areas are affected by the continuing relationship between India and Russia, militarily and technologically… We have expressed some concerns. But at the same time we have confidence and trust in India,” he said.

Further, he underscored that that the U.S. and India are each “great powers” and have many areas of alignment. Noting that it’s not stunning that there can be areas the place the 2 nations had totally different views as a consequence of historic ties, Mr. Campbell added, “In the context of our strategic partnership, what’s been important has been our ability to share views on areas where we occasionally have disagreements, do those respectfully and seek where possible to narrow those areas where there are differences.”

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State mentioned the U.S.-India relationship has reached escape velocity and India might be a key U.S. associate within the twenty first century, whereas noting the broad, bipartisan assist for ties with India.

During the iCET dialogue, he mentioned plans had been made for launching an ambitions Indian Ocean deliberations, bringing collectively stakeholders on the highest stage on each side. “We value India’s central role in the Indian Ocean,” Mr. Campbell mentioned, including that their need is to assist assist India’s maritime area consciousness and army capabilities, each naval and air.

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