US 'deeply interested' in India's domestic transition: Biswal

The US has said it is "deeply interested" in partnering India in its domestic transition that has been prioritised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and benefit from Indian innovation and entrepreneurship.

Washington: The US has said it is "deeply interested" in partnering India in its domestic transition that has been prioritised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and benefit from Indian innovation and entrepreneurship.

"Prime Minister Modi prioritises India's domestic transformation by strengthening its economy and addressing the challenges that impede economic growth. The United States is deeply interested in partnering with India to be a part of that domestic transformation," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal said.

"We believe we can contribute capacity, technology, and best practices. And in return we can benefit from the innovation and entrepreneurship for which India is known," she said noting that the new Prime Minister has come in with a solid domestic vision for the country.

"India's deepening role in the region and around the world is one that we support, and India's new administration has kicked off engagement in the region with the Prime Minister's invitation of regional leaders to his swearing in ceremony," she said.

"Our relationship is founded on the principle that a strong India is in the US interest. A consequential partnership in addressing challenges globally is not only in the US interest, but also the global interest," Biswal said in an interaction with members of the Asia Society last week.

Noting that there is a natural affiliation between the two societies and between private sectors, she said as India grows, the US is deeply invested in allowing and enabling India to grow in a way that is more sustainable and efficient in terms of its societal and environmental impacts.

"Domestic transformation also enables India to have a greater voice in regional and global affairs, and that is certainly something that we very much welcome. There is a lot at stake in being part of India's domestic transformation, and we think Prime Minister Modi's visit will highlight opportunities for further collaboration between our two countries," she said.

India lends a voice that very much aligns with America's goals and objectives on stability and security across the region in areas such as freedom of navigation and maritime security as well as broader cooperation on combating terrorism and extremism, Biswal said.

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