Washington: External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today said that Indo-US ties throws limitless opportunities for both the nations as he joined Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in observing that their partnership is going to be an important aspect of the 21st century.
As India moves ahead to achieve its priority tasks of economic and social transformation to allow its people to realise their full potential, India, he said has an increasing and well-justified stake in a stable international order.
"We are committed to working with the international community to find solutions to the pressing global challenges of the day," he said in his opening remarks to the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue.
The meeting discussed among other issues terrorism, nuclear proliferation, economic cooperation, climate change etc. Clinton described the engagement as going beyond any one issue.
“This is an affair of the heart and not just head,” she said after the talks. She added that the rise of India was good for the US and the world.
Launching the first-ever Indo-US Strategic Dialogue along with Krishna, Clinton said America felt that India had not "fully embraced" its role in regional and global affairs.
Krishna said that, "Today, our two countries share an increasing convergence of interests on a whole range of global issues. Our two nations have been shaped by enduring foundation values of openness, pluralism and tolerance.
These inspirational values and interests provide us the opportunity to work together to meet the challenges of the 21st century."
"I truly believe that ours is a relationship of limitless opportunities for mutual benefit.
This confidence comes from not just the improvement in the relations between our two governments, but also from the vibrant cross-cutting and dynamic linkages between our energetic and dynamic peoples," he said.
Krishna told Clinton that India’s neighbourhood was the cradle of terror and a “segmented approach towards terror” will not do as various groups were converging against India and the US.
Hillary said though there had been no way forward on UNSC reforms where India is pitching for a permanent seat, Hillary said the US is committed to pursuing India’s case.
Krishna said the two countries have enormous opportunities to deepen cooperation in trade and investment and in creating jobs and opportunities.
"I am happy therefore that we have launched a new `Financial and Economic Partnership` as well as a `Framework for Cooperation on Trade and Investment` that should help us to reach new heights in bilateral trade and investment," he said.
Observing that there is tremendous potential for scientific and commercial collaboration in green technologies, the External Affairs Minister said the Clean Energy MoU signed between him and Clinton last year enables the two countries to move forward in creating a strong bilateral partnership in this area.
"Agriculture is another key sector of our cooperation and we look forward to an increase in cooperation in agricultural research, human resources capacity building, natural resource management, agri-business and food processing, weather forecasting for agriculture production and collaborative research for increasing food productivity.
Given India`s experience and expertise there is also an opportunity for both our countries to pool our resources and work together for global food security," Krishna said.
Noting that educational exchanges have since long contributed to strengthening the people to people linkages and also fostering greater S&T collaboration, Krishna said: "Our two peoples through their innovation and entrepreneurship have cooperated in the past especially in the Information Technology.
As we in India move on higher gear with our educational reforms, there is an opportunity for us to enhance such academic exchanges and collaboration."
The spirit of innovation and intellectual quest should define Indo-US exchanges in these field and chart new frontiers in our relationship, he argued.
"In addition, we have also identified new areas of cooperation including in Health and Women`s empowerment," he said adding that the first meeting of Women`s Empowerment Dialogue took place last week in Washington.
The empowerment of women and the recognition of their potential for immense contribution to the national cause as we look to the future is a core policy priority of the Government of India and I know that this is also a key policy priority for the US Administration," Krishna added.