`India rising, but US prefers European nations`

India, China and Brazil are rising world powers but US relies on European nations for resolving key global issues like Iran and Libya, a top Obama Administration official said.

Last Updated: Mar 05, 2011, 09:43 AM IST

Washington: India, China and Brazil are
rising world powers but US relies on European nations for
resolving key global issues like Iran and Libya, a top Obama
Administration official said.

"Obviously, the United States is a major power, China
is an increasing power, (so is) India..., but when we in
Washington look around the world and ask ourselves, who is our
potential partner on issue X or Y, first on the list tends to
be Europe," Assistant Secretary of State for European and
Eurasian Affairs Philip H Gordon said during a media
roundtable in Sofia, Bulgaria.

India, China and Brazil are rising powers, but "they
are not the ones that we are turning to help us deal with this
(Libya) major global challenge, so that needs to be put in
perspective," he was quoted as saying in a transcript released
by the State Department yesterday.

"Take the cases I mentioned -- Iran -- the Europeans
are our partners in trying to deal with the diplomacy of the
Iranian nuclear issue; certainly in North Africa, Middle East
in the last few weeks.

"Now, of course we are in touch with India and China
on the Libya issue, but we are really working this together
with the Europeans," he said.

Gordon accepted that India and China are emerging
powers and Europe is now divided, but still when US needs to
deal with global challenges "it`s the democratic, prosperous,
militarily capable members of the European Union we are
working with first and foremost,and those are the countries
with whom we share values and interests."

PTI

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