New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said it is committed to safeguarding India's social, economic and strategic interests along with having good relations with the United States.
"Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a party and the government were always in favour of having very good relations with the United States and also having the strategic partnership. So, the concept of a nuclear deal was envisaged during our previous NDA regime. But at the same time,we were committed to safeguarding India's social, economic and strategic interests," BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi told ANI here.
"So, whatever agreement will be finalized in the context of the nuclear deal, will be after taking care of all three interests of our country," he added.
He said, "As far as the visit of Obama is concerned, it is a very important event. After our Government under the leadership of Narendra Modi came into power, under the diplomatic front we are moving into a new era."
"The entire opinion of the world is moving towards India in a different perspective. I think this is another milestone in the same direction," he added.
Party spokesperson Sambit Patra also assured that the deal would be a breakthrough in the days to come.
"We are sure with the kind of commitment both the Indian Government and the US dispensation has shown towards the civil nuclear deal, definitely there would be a breakthrough in the days to come," he said.
Earlier on Thursday, the Ministry of External Affairs said that US President Barack Obama's visit to India would strengthen bilateral ties across the full spectrum of the relationship between the two countries.
Obama will arrive in New Delhi on January 25 to take part in Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. He will be the first US President to attend a Republic Day celebration, the White House said. Obama, who visited India in 2010, would also be the first US president to visit the country twice while in office.
Obama's participation at Republic Day celebrations as chief guest is a sign of steadily expanding ties between the two countries that share concerns about China's growing power in Asia.