Washington: India on Friday said the US is
aware of its concerns with regard to Pakistan and hoped that
Washington would not do anything that would "adversely affect"
"Secretary (of State, Hillary) Clinton is quite aware
Of India`s various concerns with reference to Pakistan. This
has been discussed with Clinton and also at official level in
greater details," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told
reporters at the end of his four-day trip to Washington.
Krishna is leading a high-powered delegation and
co-chaired the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue here along with
"The message that I get from US Administration is that
they are aware of our concerns and that they are not going to
do anything which would adversely affect India`s interest,"
Earlier, Krishna said that the strengthening of
bilateral strategic relationship with US is not at the cost of
any third country.
Krishna, who is in Washington as head of the Indian
delegation at the first Indo-US Strategic Dialogue said, "The
relationship between India and the US was never to be expected
at the cost of other countries as much as our relationship
with a third country would not be at the cost of the United
States." He said this in response to a question at a news
conference at the end of his four-day trip to Washington.
Krishna, who co-chaired the first Cabinet-level
Strategic Dialogue between India and the United States left
for New York.
He is scheduled to leave for India from New York on
"We understand where our interests lie, we understand
where our concerns lie and we also understand where there
could possibly be convergence. So we work on that," said the
External Affairs Minister.
"India has relationships with various countries and
the relationships with different countries are at different
With United States since Secretary (Hillary) Clinton
came to Delhi last summer and my visit here for this strategic
dialogue, the whole idea is to move closer in terms of
addressing the concerns of both of our countries," Krishna
"Our concerns should be addressed by the US and their
concerns should be addressed by us.
This is the ground rule on which we proceed and this
is the ground rule on which the strategic dialogue took
place," said the External Affairs Minister.