`Indo-US ties is in best interest of the two countries`
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 15:10
Washington: A strong Indo-US relationship is in the best interest of the two countries as it will enable close collaboration across a broad spectrum of strategic interests, such as counter-terrorism and promotion of democracy, according to two powerful American Senators.

Extending invitation to eminent Indian-Americans and their colleagues in the Senate for a rare reception hosted for the Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar, Senators John Cornyn and Chris Dodd said, "this event will also mark the beginning of a new partnership between the US Senate and Americans of Indian descent aimed at furthering our common interests and enhancing US-India relations."

Cornyn, a Republican, and Dodd, from the Democratic Party, are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus. This is for the first time that the Senate India Caucus is hosting a reception for the Indian Ambassador.

"A strong relationship between the US and India, based on mutual trust and respect, will enable close collaboration across a broad spectrum of strategic interests, such as counter-terrorism, promotion of democracy, fostering regional economic development, encouraging respect for human rights, and expanding scientific research," the two Senators said.

Urging their colleagues in the US Senate to attend the reception to be hosted Tuesday (Wednesday India time), the Senators said besides India being the world's largest democracy, it is also one of the world's biggest and most dynamic economies.

"Robust cooperation between the US and India means increased economic opportunities for both nations, as well as a chance to join together to spread the fundamental principles of freedom, democracy, tolerance, and the rule of law throughout the world, benefiting Americans and Indians alike," Cornyn and Dodd said.

They said the Senate India Caucus provides a forum for members of the Senate to work closely with Indian government officials, Indian Americans, and other friends of India in the US to help promote the already flourishing relationship between our countries and candidly discuss issues of common concern.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 15:10

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