Indo-US ties, an affair of the heart: Hillary

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described it as an "affair of the heart" with the usual ups and downs.

Washington: Concising the diverse Indo-US ties in just four words; US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described it as an "affair of the heart" with the usual ups and downs.

Hillary stood by remarks she made two years ago, when she described relations between Washington and New Delhi as an affair of the heart.

"With respect to affairs of the heart, they usually have ups and downs. But that doesn`t make them any less heartfelt or any less of a commitment. So I feel as strongly today as I did two years ago," she said amidst laughter.

Her comments came during a joint press conference with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna following the third annual strategic dialogue between the two countries, which by all accounts would be her last one as the Secretary of State.

She also took dig at the media, saying journalists have a temptation to zero in on the differences.

".....I think that it`s always a temptation to zero in on what the differences are. That is understandable and it certainly is to be expected by the press. That`s part of your job," 64-year-old Hillary said.

"But whether it`s one country or another or, in particular, India, I always look at the totality of the relationship. And I would be never in a position to say we don’t have differences.

"How could two great nations with our histories and our political systems these raucous, incredibly pluralistic democracies not have differences? That would be quite odd if that were the case."

"I am very positive about our relationship, and we will continue to work through the differences as they arise," she said.

Earlier Krishna while addressing the strategic dialogue said Indo-US bilateral engagement as well as global developments over the past three years has only strengthened the mutual commitment to this partnership.

In every field -- political, strategic, security, defence, intelligence, nuclear cooperation, space, trade and investment, energy, science and technology, higher education and empowerment the two countries are making tangible and continuous progress.

"What was once normal and unprecedented in our relationship is now almost routine and novel. In the process of our engagement, we have built something more precious -- friendship, good will, trust, mutual confidence, candour, and belief in the importance of a successful partnership," he said.