Washington: America's relationship with
India has never been as stronger as it has been under the Obama Administration, the US State Department has said.
"We've got a strategic partnership in place. We’re
cooperating at an unprecedented level on education and science
and technology, as well as economics, trade, health,
agriculture," State Department Spokesman Mark Toner told
reporters at his daily news conference yesterday.
"You name the sector, we're cooperating with India
well in it. This is obviously to the benefit of the citizens of both our countries, rather," he noted.
The State Department spokesman, however, regretted
the instances in recent past wherein Indian diplomats
including Ambassadors have been subject to pat downs at
"Regarding those incidents by the TSA (Transportation
and Security Administration), the pat downs, we've said in the
past that we have the utmost respect for Ambassador Shankar as
well as the Permanent Representative Puri and the tremendous
work that they're doing in support of the US-Indian relations," he said.
"We obviously, at the time, regretted any
inconvenience that Ambassador Shankar had to endure," he
First Published: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 11:01