`US aspires to have closer relationship with India`
Washington: The United States aspires to have a closer relationship and greater engagement with India, a country geo-strategically located in the Asia Pacific region, a top Pentagon commander said on Thursday.
"We have for some time said that we aspire to a closer relationship and greater engagement with India," General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference.
"They are currently the second and depending on who you believe soon to be the largest country in the world. They sit at an enormously important geo-strategic location on the sea lines of communication from the Mideast into Pacific. And they`re the world`s largest democracy," Dempsey argued.
"We have for as long as I can remember been seeking greater engagement with them," Dempsey said in response to a question at his news conference.
At another news conference, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the US shares concerns with India on terrorism.
"We obviously share India`s concerns about terrorism. We are committed to working with India on counterterrorism. We have a good, strong relationship with them," he said in response to a question.
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