US, India have common goals in future global context: Biden

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 21:59

New Delhi: Visiting US Vice president Joe Biden on Tuesday said America and India have common goals in the emerging global scenario as he called on President Pranab Mukherjee here.

Mukherjee, for his part, said India-US relations "are based on shared fundamental values and a growing convergence of interests".

Biden, on his second day of visit to the country, met Mukherjee at the Rashtrapti Bhawan in the evening.

President Mukherjee, welcoming Biden, said India always gave high priority to its relations with the United States of Amercia and it appreciates the strong voice of support for India-related issues in the Senate, including the bilateral Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement.

"India accords the highest priority to its relationship with the United States. India-US relations are based on shared fundamental values and a growing convergence of interests," a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement, released after the meeting, quoting Mukherjee said.

Biden, according to the statement, said relations between the two countries were critical for the entire region.

"The issue is no longer what the US can do for India but what the two countries can do together in the world. No other two countries have so much at stake or in common in the emerging global scenario," the statement quoted Biden as saying.

India, US should jointly counter terror threat

Vice President Hamid Ansari today said India and the US should "jointly" counter the threats of terrorism and extremism with a realistic perspective of the dangers, many in India`s immediate region, they pose to global peace.

"Threats to peace, many in Indias immediate region, are the greatest impediments to progress. They emanate from terrorism, extremism, intolerance, injustice and misuse of the benefits of science and technology.

"It is incumbent on our two nations to counter these threats, jointly and individually, with a realistic perspective of the dangers they pose," he said at the banquet hosted in honour Joseph Biden.

The Indian Vice President said countering threats to peace is one aspect of cooperation between the two countries and an equally important aspect is the "promotion of stability and widening the global arc of prosperity".

"Both necessitate a deeper understanding of each other?s essential interests and legitimate aspirations. Both make incumbent an on-going, no-holds barred dialogue," he said.

Ansari said "as vibrant democracies we cherish, as you do, the right to disagree without losing sight of our endeavour for the common good."

He said "remarkable progress" has been registered in bilateral cooperation between India and the US and "we now have a tradition of political engagement at the highest level".

"From an Indian perspective, we have with the US more defence cooperation, more strategic dialogues, more economic exchanges and more science and technology partnerships than with any other country," he said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 21:59

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