New Delhi: Terming India as the "lynchpin" in its new defence strategy to cover the vast area of Indian and the Western Pacific oceans, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday sought removal of bureaucratic red tape for promotion of defence trade and technology transfers.

Interacting with mediapersons here at the Institute of Defence and Security Analysis (IDSA), Panetta stressed on the need for more joint researches and military exercises while finding ways to tackle the issues related with space power and cyber warfare.

Noting that US was developing a new defence strategy, he said, "Defence cooperation with India is a lynchpin in this strategy. India is one of the largest and most dynamic countries in the region and the world, with one of the most capable militaries."

On improvement of military ties with India in past one decade, he said, "We have acted together to get past our differences and re-establish better cooperation. It required that we get beyond our outdated notions above one another."

Reiterating the commitment of Obama administration for providing the best defence technology to India, he said, "But to realise the full potential of defence trade relations, we need to cut through the bureaucratic red tape on both sides."

He said he has instructed Deputy Defence Secretary Ashton Carter to lead an effort at Pentagon to engage Indian leaders on a new initiative to streamline the present bureaucratic setup to make defence trade more simple, responsive and effective.


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