A senior U.S. naval officer says Indian and U.S. officials have discussed joint naval patrols, though concrete steps are yet to be finalised.
This is a first indicator that India is reconsidering its reluctance to joint military policing with other countries. he U.S. officer’s statement comes in the light of a Reuters report claiming that the two sides have held talks on conducting joint naval patrols, including in the disputed South China Sea.
The report was denied by the U.S. State Department later. He refused to provide more specifics due to the “sensitivities” involved with the subject.