He praised India's role in international peacekeeping and maritime security missions. "This strategic relationship between the U.S. and India would go a long way in ensuring peace and prosperity world wide," Talwar said. On whether the ties between the two nations were those of buyer and seller, he said it was not so.
"It's a growing relationship and we are not dealing with each other in defence related matters only. There are other areas of cooperation where both nations would benefit from each other," Talwar said, adding that thousands of Indian students go to the U.S. every year and this people-to-people contact was the backbone of the ties. He said joint venture in arms making was also looking up between the two countries.