`US, India can work jointly to tackle challenges`
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 14:37
Washington: Describing India as a powerhouse increasingly critical to the conduct of global affairs, a top US Senator has said the two countries can work together in addressing the challenges of the region and the world.

"It is just simply a reality that India is a powerhouse, an extraordinary country, a place of those vibrant debate, a remarkable cultural diversity, great political diversity and increasingly critical to the conduct of global affairs," said Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Kerry was addressing a gathering of his Senate colleagues and eminent Indian-Americans at a welcome reception today hosted by the Senate India Caucus in honor of the new Indian Ambassador to the US, Nirupama Rao.

Noting that the two countries share the foundation of democracy; Kerry said India and the US have great partnership ahead.

"A lot we can do together," said Kerry, who is likely to visit India in a month or two.

"As the Ambassador knows, I intend to be travelling (to India). I had to postpone the trip in the last days but I am looking forward to getting there in the next month or two and continue to dialogue about how we work together to deal with some very complicated and challenging issues across," he said.

"I am confident, it would grow in South Asia and rest of the world, I am just looking forward to be part of this exciting moment in history," he said.

The top American Senator said countries across the globe can learn from India's behavior on the nuclear issue.

"Our relationship on nuclear issues is obviously one that has expanded and growing," he said.

"India's remarkable sense of responsibility with respect to stewardship of nuclear power, even though NPT has been something outside that guide post, has nevertheless been exemplary and stands as an example to near neighbors and others in the world about where the future really lies with respect to exercising that responsibility," Kerry said.

The Massachusetts Senator also praised the economic reforms unleashed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 1990s when he was the country's finance minister.

India then was already growing but was a far cry to where it has achieved gone in some 15 years, he said.

Kerry who took the first Senate business trip to India soon after the launch of the economic reforms has traveled to India a number of times since then.


First Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 14:37

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