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India is global strategic, political and economic player: US Ambassador Richard Verma

US on Monday described India "as the global strategic, political and economic player," and assured to continue to be supportive of its global aspirations, including New Delhi's bid for UNSC membership in a reformed security council.



Chennai: US on Monday described India "as the global strategic, political and economic player," and assured to continue to be supportive of its global aspirations, including New Delhi's bid for UNSC membership in a reformed security council.

US Ambassador to India Richard Verma recalled a series of developments last week, including "the significant and welcome announcement" of resumption of Indo-Pak talks on key security and economic issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi securing 'important commercial and energy deals' during his five-nation Central Asian tour and ISRO launching five British satellites.

"This is the new normal ? India as the global strategic, political and economic player. We welcome that role and will continue to be supportive of India's global aspirations. We will continue to support India's bid for UNSC membership in a reformed security council," he said.

In his remarks to students at IIT-Madras, Verma said the US wanted India to play a 'leadership' role in Paris at the climate talks and "we have welcomed and saluted their role in humanitarian response ? from Yemen to Nepal to the Maldives.

Incidentally, his country had 'turned' to India to help evacuate its citizens from the strife-torn Yemen recently, he said, adding, India was not just a regional power, but a global one.

Strategic and economic cooperation were among the areas of focus, he said.

A major naval exercise, 'Malabar', will include the Japanese Navy this year and will continue to build a common operating platform for conducting advanced humanitarian and disaster response missions, as well as military operations, he said.

Similarly, 'Yudh Abhyas', involving the two armies, will be held in Washington in September, which he said will bring them closer together to forge common understandings on battlefield tactics and strategy."

Air Forces of India and the US will 'rejoin our signature' Red Flag excercise in the US in 2016, he added.

"The United States and India look forward to a day very soon when, for the first time, we establish secure phone lines between our respective National Security Advisors, as well as between the President and Prime Minister, further opening key channels of communication on sensitive issues," he said. 

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