New Delhi: Terming the visit of US President Barack Obama as a "historic milestone", President Pratibha Patil Monday night said both the US and India have profound responsibility to work together for peace, stability and security in the world.
In her speech at the banquet hosted in honour of Obama
and his wife Michelle, the President said there were many ties
that bound the two nations together.
"Nearly three million people of Indian origin in the
US act as a bridge of friendship, including over 1,00,000
Indian students in the US, who along with the growing number
of young Americans coming to India, are sowing the seeds of
"Our enterprises, scientists, engineers, technologists
and academics are creating partnerships that generate hope for
the future," she said.
She said the efforts to make world more prosperous
were not possible without making "our people safer" and added
that "as democracies, we have a profound responsibility to
work together for peace, stability and security in the world.
"We must continue our joint efforts to reform global
institutions to reflect contemporary realities, and increase
their effectiveness in meeting current challenges.
"This is a time of great challenges in the world, but
never has the opportunity been greater, the environment
better, and the need more urgent for our two countries to work
together and lead global efforts to seek a safer, more
prosperous and more sustainable future, full of goodwill for
this world," she said.
The President said that the two countries had built a
strong strategic partnership on "the solid bedrock of shared
ideals and common interests.
"The historic civil nuclear initiative is an instrument
and a symbol of our transformed relations. But, across
virtually every field of human endeavour, we have
explored new frontiers and redefined and paradigm of
cooperation," she said at the banquet hosted in the sprawling
lawns of Mughal gardens.
She said, therefore, the two countries have enormous
potential to work together for a sustainable and inclusive
global economic development, to address the challenges of
infrastructure, clean energy, food security and health
security, and educate and empower the youth especially women.
"Our two nations are well placed to harness the power
of innovation, not only for technological leadership and
global competitiveness, but also as a tool for economic
empowerment and social transformation," she said.
Patil expressed her pleasure about the initiatives
announced which will not benefit only people of the two
nations but also fulfill responsibility to humankind.
"We have the humility to know that we do not have all
the answers, but we have the strength of our values and the
benefit of our experience to make our own modest contribution
to this cause," she said.