"NSA McMaster emphasised the importance of the US-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India's designation as a major defense Partner," a statement from the US embassy read. The two sides discussed a range of "bilateral and regional issues, including their shared interest in increasing defense and counterterrorism cooperation".
Mr McMaster and Mr Doval have held detailed discussions on Indo-US relations especially the security aspect of the ties. During his meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad, the US NSA had hinted that Washington could take a tougher stance on Pakistan, said sources.
Mr McMaster's visit is a first by a top member of President Donald Trump's administration to South Asia. The Republican President, who to over in January after a decade of Democrat administration, is out to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation with India and expand it further.
Mr McMaster had replaced Michael Flynn a few weeks after the President Trump took over following a controversy about Russian diplomats during the transition and election campaign. He is seen as having a very positive view about India.
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