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
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
"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