It "is in the process of its formulation and it would be premature to speculate about its final content", Swarup said, about the annual US federal law that specifies the defence budget and expenditures and also limits funding levels and sets out the defence policy framework.
As moved in the Senate on Wednesday, one of the amendments introduced by top Republican senator John McCain included modification of American defence export control regulations that would have recognised India as a key strategic military partner. "We have seen media reports about non-inclusion of an India-related amendment in the consideration of the NDAA by the US Senate," Swarup said. The spokesperson noted that "preparation of NDAA is a process distinct from the decision of the US government to recognize India as a major defense partner".
"This was an executive decision and already announced in the India-US joint statement of June 7," he said referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's White House meeting with President Barack Obama.
"A number of Senators and Congressmen have moved proposals that only seek to reinforce this decision of the US government. It reflects the bipartisan support in the US Congress for stronger defence cooperation between India and the US," Swarup added.