India, US kick off Strategic Dialogue

Kicking off their first-ever Strategic Dialogue, India and the US today vowed to strengthen their cooperation in key areas like defence, counter- terrorism, education, nuclear energy, agriculture and climate change.

Washington: Kicking off their first-ever
Strategic Dialogue, India and the US today vowed to strengthen
their cooperation in key areas like defence, counter-
terrorism, education, nuclear energy, agriculture and climate
change.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and his American
counterpart Hillary Clinton began their day-long deliberations
at the State Department with the American leader calling India
a "rising global power".

Clinton said the US was committed to the modernisation
of India`s military and that the US military holds the maximum
number of joint exercises with the Indian Army.

She stressed the need for cooperation in the area of
counterterrorism in the form of better intelligence sharing as
the two countries are "seared by acts of terrorism".

Krishna said the threat of trans-national terrorism
requires both India and the US to cooperate more closely than
ever before though the epicentre of this threat lies in
India`s neighbourhood.

"The threat of trans-national terrorism requires both
India and the US to cooperate more closely than ever before
though the epicentre of this threat lies in India`s
neighbourhood it reaches far and wide all across the world as
witnessed recently a few weeks back in Times Square," he said.

PTI

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