National Security Adviser Shri Ajit Doval made an official visit to the United States on September 14, 2018. During the visit, he held separate meetings with U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. The meetings covered a wide range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is visiting New Delhi, where she and Indian government officials agree to start a dialogue on energy security. The visit underscores a resumption of relations despite tensions over India`s possible energy cooperation with Iran and the sale of fighter jets to Pakistan in the United States. Despite Indira Gandhi`s return to power in 1980, relations between the two countries gradually improved, although India did not support the United States in its role in the Soviet invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. The Reagan administration, led by U.S.
President Ronald Reagan, provided only limited aid to India. India has explored Washington in the purchase of a range of U.S. defense technologies, including F-5 aircraft, supercomputers, night vision goggles and radars. In 1984, Washington authorized the supply of selected technology to India, including gas turbines for naval frigates and prototype engines for Indian combat aircraft. There have also been non-public technology transfers, including the commitment of an American company, Continental Electronics, to design and build a new VLF communications station in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, which was commissioned in the late 1980s.  It was not until the late 1990s that considerable efforts were made by the two countries to improve their mutual relations.  U.S. President Jimmy Carter travels to India for an official three-day trip to meet indian President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy and Prime Minister Morarji Desai and address Parliament. Desai returned the favor with a six-day official visit to Washington in June.
India, with mixed results, has insisted that reforms be undertaken at the United Nations and the World Trade Organization. India`s bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council is currently supported by several countries, including Russia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, Brazil, african union countries, the United States (but not China). In 2005, the United States signed a nuclear cooperation agreement with India, although it is not an integral part of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The United States agreed that India`s record on nuclear non-proliferation was exceptional and persuaded other members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to sign similar agreements with India.