`India, US ties can make world more secure`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12:23
  
Washington: The Indo-US strategic ties would make the world more secure as well as democratic and their partnership can create millions of new jobs in both the countries, a top State Department official said on Wednesday.

"Our strategic relationship can make the world more secure and democratic while our commercial partnerships can meet the needs of the 21st century consumer and create millions of new jobs in each of our two countries," Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said.

Sherman, who took over this key State Department position from William Burns who is now the Deputy Secretary of State, some two months ago reiterated President Barack Obama's statement that India-US relationship is the defining partnerships of the 21st century.

"For much of the world history, India was a global player as a consequence of its economic power and cultural dynamism. Over the last two decades, India has reemerged even more. It is the world's biggest democracy and soon to the world's most populous country with an economy likely to be the world's third largest within probably no more than a few years, two decades at the most," she said.

Sherman was speaking at a rare reception hosted by the powerful Senate India Caucus in honor of the new Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao.

Praising Rao's role in deepening of India US relationship, she said that the Indian Ambassador both in her previous stint as the Foreign Secretary and now as the top Indian diplomat to the US has left her inedible mark on this.

"She in her short time in Washington has already made an amazing contribution to our bilateral relationship, has cemented deep respect of friends and colleagues alike in the process," she said, adding that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently on her trip to South Korea and Burma, has sent her greetings to Rao on the occasion.

As the Foreign Secretary, she said, Rao was a trusted Indian interlocutor and champion of US-India partnership.

Members of the Senate who attended this unique event hosted at the Capitol Hill were Kay Hagan, Saxby Chambliss, Chris Coons, John Cornyn, Mark Warner, Daniel Inouye, Jeff Bingaman, Roger Wicker, John Kerry, Charles Schumer and Michael Binnet.

Cornyn and Warner are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus, which hosted the event. A welcome reception for a new Ambassador is a rare event at the Capitol Hill.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 12:23


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