`Positive trajectory of India-US ties for 12 yrs`

Last Updated: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 10:19

Washington: Asserting that the India-US relationship has experienced a positive trajectory over the last 12 years, a top American diplomat has dismissed the notion if any that ties between the two nations have retreated a bit under the Obama administration.

"I would simply say that the trajectory has been an incredibly positive one over the last, certainly, 12 years, and I think it is likely to continue, again, because the United States recognises the important role that India plays on the world stage, how significant and influential India can be in advancing, again, the issues of common concern," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, Mike Hammer told foreign journalists at a news conference on Thursday.

"So that`s something that this Administration has certainly built on, strengthened, and one would look to want to continue," Hammer said at the Foreign Press Center.

Hammer was responding to a question on the remarks made by Mitchell Reiss from the Romney Camp that India US relationship has retreated a little bit under the Obama Administration.

"I`m not going to get into politics or questions of that nature, but let me just comment more broadly that in my experience, you’ve seen a real bipartisan approach to our efforts to improve and strengthen our relationship with India," he said.

"I saw that when I first worked in the White House in the Clinton Administration, had the very good fortune of travelling with President (Bill) Clinton to India for a real incredible trip where we spent several days.

"And to start deepening that partnership, you saw the continuation of that effort through the Bush administration and now into the Obama Administration," he said.

The US President, Barack Obama, he said, has developed a "terrific relationship" with the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"I think that`s reflected in the work that we do every day to strengthen that strategic partnership," he said.

"Our sense is that we continue to improve and strengthen that relationship. It serves both our interests together. We share common values in terms of democratic values. We want to see economic prosperity reach very important commercial deals that benefit both countries," Hammer added.


First Published: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 10:19

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