Gen Bipin Rawat was strong patron of India-US defence partnership : US

CDS Gen Bipin Rawat File Photo

General Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defense Staff who kicked the bucket in a helicopter crash in Tamil Nadu, was a solid advocate of India-US safeguard ties and extended the essential association between the two nations, a senior US official has said.

General Rawat, his better half Madhulika and 11 others on board an Indian Air Force helicopter passed on in an accident close to Coonoor in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday, the Air Force said.

The copter conveying General Rawat and his escort slammed in obviously hazy conditions, killing the 13 individuals ready, the IAF and different authorities said. One individual endure the accident and is being treated at an emergency clinic.

“We are profoundly disheartened to know about the passing of Indian Chief of Defense Staff General Bipin Rawat, his better half, and 11 others in that unfortunate helicopter crash in India today. General Rawat was an esteemed accomplice,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said at his day by day news meeting on Wednesday.

“He was a solid advocate of the US-India protection association. He assisted with developing the essential association between our two nations. He was urgent to that relationship, and that is the reason our contemplations go out to the overall’s family, to the groups of every one of those on board this flight, and, obviously, to individuals of India on the misfortune that they have endured today,” Price said.

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby, at a different news gathering said that for the whole Department of Defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stretches out their most unimaginable sympathies to the Rawat family, the Indian military and individuals of India after the appalling demise of General Rawat in helicopter crash.

“He made a permanent imprint on the course of the US-India guard association and was at the focal point of the Indian Armed Forces’ change into an all the more mutually coordinated warfighting association,” Kirby said.

“The secretary had the advantage of meeting with him recently and truly came to see him as an esteemed accomplice and a companion to the United States. Our contemplations and supplications are with the whole Rawat family, as they lost other relatives in this accident, and obviously the groups of the multitude of different survivors of this horrendous, awful episode,” he told correspondents.

A few top American administrators communicated their sympathies at the downfall of the Indian general in a disastrous occurrence.

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“I send my most profound sympathies to Narendra Modi and individuals of India as they grieve the appalling passings of General Bipin Rawat, his better half, Madhulika Rawat, and the 11 other group individuals and travelers lost,” said Senator Rick Scott.

“India is solid and during this season of anguish the United States remains with you,” he tweeted.

“My most unimaginable sympathies to individuals of India after the heartbreaking passing of General Bipin Rawat, top of India’s military, his better half and 12 others today. My musings and petitions are with their families,” tweeted Senator Bill Hagerty.

“My most true sympathies to individuals of India and their military for the lives lost in the present lamentable avionics episode. I will keep on doing everything I can to assist our association with growing a suffering power for conquering this and future misfortunes,” Congressman Michael McCaul said in a tweet.

“Kindly go along with me in appealing to God for India today after this stunning misfortune,” Congressman Mark Green said in a tweet.    PTI

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