"I think it is a partnership that is critical to our nation overtime I think it is also very beneficial to India," the US Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Mark Welsh said during a breakfast meeting of Defence Writers Group in his brief comment on India-US defence relationship.

Early in 2013, Welsh had hosted his Indian counterpart, Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne and was very appreciative of him. "I very much enjoyed meeting the Indian Air Chief. He is a wonderful guy and a very capable guy," Welsh said, adding that he hopes to see Browne soon in US in the next few months.

Welsh said he plans to visit India, but no date has been decided yet. "I think we have the opportunity to talk to the Indian Air Force to continue to develop a partnership that overtime could be very strong. I think Pacific Air Forces and the US Pacific Command are very interested in building that partnership and pay a lot of attention to it," Welsh said.

(Agencies)

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