‘Alignment of interest between US and India’
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 14:57
Washington: There is an alignment of interest between the US and India as the country moves to a status of being a first tier nation, a top American Senator said Wednesday.

Moving away from the Non-aligned Movement (NAM), India has now moved into the status of being a first tier nation, said Senator Mark Warner, who co-chairs a Senate Caucus on India.

"I think, India moves into the status of first tier nation.....Not just America but there are basically expectations from around the world that India be taking more significant role," Senator Mark Warner, told a group of Washington-based Indian reporters today.

Warner is Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus led a Congressional delegation to India from January 7 to 14.

"Time and again it is clear that our interest and Indian interest independently actually align," he said, adding be it the question of Afghanistan, anti-terrorism or Iran not having nuclear arms, the two countries share the same views.

He among others was accompanied by Senators Michael Bennet, Tom Udall and Congressmen Joseph Crowley and Cedric Richmond.

Crowley, co-chair of the House India Caucus, also addressed the teleconference with Indian reporters.

India, Warner said, is moving from a position of non-alignment to being a real force in the 21st century.

"I understand, we are trying to (be) sensitive to India’s concerns because of this evolution," he said.

He hoped that India and other countries would be able to bring pressure on the Iranian regime where the US and Western countries have not been successful.

Congressman Crowley, who co-chairs the House India Caucus, said that the relationship between India and the US is evolving and is very much a positive relationship.

Fresh from his India visit, Warner asserted that India will have its own independent foreign policy.

As any Western nation, this foreign policy will be in India's own self-interest, he said adding that on issues after issues there is alignment of interest between the US and India.

"So this is again reflective of the importance of evolving partnership," the Senator said, adding more and more often those interests are going to align.


First Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 14:57

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