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US keen on clinching jet engine deal with India as Europe too in race

US is keen to supply GE engines for jet fighters to India informed Congressman RO Khanna (Pic. Courtesy ANI)

Washington: Congressman RO Khanna has said the US wants to make sure the deal to supply GE Engines  to India for making fighter jets is done so that they don’t lose out to Europe.

Speaking to ANI on the sidelines of his address at India-US Business Summit, Khanna said India wants jet engines, “and the first thing is to make sure that the deal gets done, hopefully before the Prime Minister’s (Narendra Modi) visit. And we are working on that.”

“We also are working to ensure that the Prime Minister gets to speak to the United States Congress. The co-chairs will be requesting the speaker to issue that invitation,” he added.

“We need to be stronger on defence, and this is a key time,” he said.

Regarding jet engines, he further added, “The defence deliverable on the jet engines is critical.”

Further, on the business and economic ties between the two countries, he said, “There needs to be a continued effort. I think the reality is that India can emerge as the hub in Asia for the Asian market. Companies in my district like Apple moving out of China, moving into India, into Bangalore, and opening up Apple stores there. I have encouraged companies to manufacture in the United States and restore into the United States, but to the extent they need to sell into Asia to look to allies like India instead of China.”

“We need to figure out how to provide India with alternative sources of cheaper energy so they can grow. And I’ve appreciated that India has unequivocally condemned Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. But the Ukraine issue should not be a barrier to strengthening a partnership that will last decades,” he added.