Washington: India has revolutionised itself onto the global stage and is now becoming an economic powerhouse, a top American diplomat, nominated by the US President Barack Obama as his next Ambassador to New Delhi has said.
"Today I see an India that has revolutionised itself onto the global stage. India is becoming an economic powerhouse, having averaged seven per cent annual economic growth over the last decade, lifting tens of millions of its citizens out of poverty," said Nancy Powell in her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday.
"India will also be a leading security partner of the United States in the 21st century," she said in her opening remarks which dwelt on the significance of India-US relationship and gave details of her priority areas in New Delhi if confirmed by the US Senate.
Powell said that at the government-to-government level, the India-US relations are firmly grounded in a set of shared democratic values and an increasingly shared strategic vision of both the opportunities that can promote them as well as the threats that can undermine them.
"Among the top priorities will be bolstering trade and investment, increase US exports to India, expanding defence co-operation, enhancing the cooperation of two countries in international and multi-lateral for a encouraging India's role in supporting peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region and increasing co-operation on counter-terrorism and global threats," she said.
"If confirmed, I look forward to participating in and advancing the US-India Strategic Dialogue, as well as the substantive exchanges on more than 20 distinct policy areas, including education, energy, agriculture, and development," the US official said.
Speaking on the occasion, Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that there are few relationships that will be as vital in the 21st century as our growing ties with India and its people.
"On all of the most critical global challenges that we face, India has a central role to play. And that means Washington is going to be looking to New Delhi not only for cooperation, but increasingly for innovation and regional leadership as well," Kerry said.
Meanwhile, praising the efforts of India to improve its ties with Pakistan, Kerry said he is encouraged that the two nations are continuing their dialogue on a host of issues. "I hope both countries can seize this moment to break with the perilous politics of their past," he said.
First Published: Wednesday, February 08, 2012, 08:47