`India a great partner of United States`

India is a great power and US President Barack Obama`s visit to the country last year was part of the administration`s effort to embrace the country as a great partner, a top Obama aide said on Friday.

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2011, 09:26 AM IST

Washington: India is a great power and US
President Barack Obama`s visit to the country last year was
part of the administration`s effort to embrace the country as
a great partner, a top Obama aide said on Friday.

Briefing White House correspondents in an off-camera
briefing on the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao,
National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said the US so far has
been under-involved in Asia and the Obama administration is
all set to correct that.

"India is a great power and great partner of the
United States," he said.

Donilon said the November visit of the US President
was part of the administration`s effort to embrace India as
its great partner.

His remarks came within an hour of the Oval office
meeting between Obama and his visiting Pakistani counterpart
Asif Ali Zardari.

Obama has taken two extensive trips to the region --
the first in November 2009 and another last November.

"We have really deepened our relationship with India,"
Donilon said during his briefing in which he explained in
detail increasing American relationship with Asian countries
and strengthen its ties with its allies in the continent
including Japan and South Korea.

PTI