The US House of Representatives has cleared a bill of USD 621.5 billion that aims to boost defence cooperation with India.

Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera had moved an amendment in this regard which was adopted by a voice vote by the House as part of the National Defense Authorisation Act (NDAA) 2018, starting October 1 this year.

Bera emphasised that it was important for US and India to develop a strategy in order to boost defence cooperation between the two countries.

“The United States is the world’s oldest democracy and India is the world’s largest democracy. It is vitally important to develop a strategy that advances defence cooperation between our two nations,” Mr Bera said.

After the passage of the National Defence Authorisation Act, the Secretary of Defence and Secretary of State have 180 days’ time pan out a strategy for advancing defence cooperation between the two countries.

NADA would have to be passed by the Senate before it can be sent to US President Donald Trump to be signed into law.