Washington: The Pentagon on Friday said that it is ‘deeply disappointed’ over two US companies losing India's multibillion dollar combat fighter contract, but made it clear that the bilateral defence ties would not be affected. (Agencies)
In a separate development, without referring to the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft deal, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that President Barack Obama views Indo-US ties as an anchor to America's approach in Asia.
Carney said the US is committed to deepening its relationship with India and would continue to pursue top priorities with the country.
He also added, "President Obama has great respect for the Indian people, a close partnership with Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh, and views this relationship as an anchor to our approach in Asia and the promise of the 21st century."
The Pentagon said the US remains convinced that it offers its defence partners the world's most advanced and dependable technology.
Pentagon spokesman Col Dave Lapan said that the Defence Department was "deeply disappointed" at India's decision to eliminate American companies from the purchase order.
"We are deeply disappointed by this news but we look forward to continuing to grow and develop our defence partnership with India and remain convinced that the United States offers our defense partners around the globe the world's most advanced and reliable technology," he said.
Carney said that the United States is committed to deepening its cooperation, and partnering on a bilateral, regional, and global level to address the major challenges of the coming decades together.
"We will continue to pursue top priorities with India, such as balanced economic growth, counter-terrorism, global security and stability, education, agriculture, trade and investment, and the advance of democratic values," he said.
Washington: The Pentagon on Friday said that it is ‘deeply disappointed’ over two US companies losing India's multibillion dollar combat fighter contract, but made it clear that the bilateral defence ties would not be affected.