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No boots on ground, no military base in Maldives: US

A top Obama Administration official said that the US has consulted India on the Status of Forces Agreement which it is negotiating with the island nation and is likely to be signed soon.

`US looking at India to play a key role in Afghan stability`

As the United States gets ready for withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan in 2014 it is increasingly looking at India to play a key role to maintain stability in the war-torn country.

Oceans are essential to India`s security: Robert Blake

India, whose 90 per cent of the goods trade by volume is carried by sea, has a strong interest in guaranteeing unhindered freedom of navigation in the international waters, Blake said.

US closely consulted with India on Lankan resolution: Robert Blake

US has worked with India throughout the process on US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at UNHRC, Obama Administration`s point man on South Asia said.

Engaging India at state level among top US priorities

The booming India-US trade relationship already is delivering substantial benefits to the American people, said Robert Blake, assistant secretary of state for South Asia in an address at the University of California, Berkeley Institute of International Studies, Thursday.

Sri Lanka moving backwards, says Blake

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake has said the country is moving backwards on democracy.

India crucial for economic future of Afghanistan: US official

A top US official has termed New Delhi crucial for economic growth of the country post the withdrawal of American troops from there.

No change in policy for visa to Modi: US

At a time when Narendra Modi’s selection as BJP’s prime ministerial candidate is being taken as a foregone conclusion, the United States on Tuesday said that its policy on the Gujarat Chief Minister remains unchanged.

Blake to travel to India and Afghanistan

Assistant Sec of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake is travelling to India to participate in the US-India-Japan tri-lateral consultations.

US has no plan for military base in Uzbekistan

Uzbek authorities had earlier said the country was moving to ban foreign military bases on its territory.

Do not want to topple Maldives govt: Nasheed

Demanding a free and fair election in Maldives, the country`s ousted prez Mohamed Nasheed has said he does not want to topple the govt of the day.

US won’t leave India in Afghanistan: Blake

The India-Afghan-US tri-lateral consultations are not directed against Pakistan, a senior Obama Administration official has said.

Exemption from Iran sanction only for 180 days: US

A senior Obama Administration official hoped that the seven nations would continue to reduce their dependence on oil from Iran.

US, India want good engagement with China: Blake

The US and India will continue to look for opportunities to engage bilaterally with China, said Robert Blake.

Indian investment has created thousands of jobs in US: Blake

The sizeable Indian investment flowing into the US is supporting thousands of jobs in this country, a senior US official has said, acknowledging the contribution of Indian money in creating employment during a tough economic environment.

India enjoys strategic autonomy in ties: Blake

The US does not always expect India to toe its line and recognises New Delhi`s strategic autonomy, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake has said.

India has capacity to become world power: US

US believes India has the required institutional capacity to become a global power, a top US official said.

India has institutional capacity to become world power: Blake

The US believes India has the required institutional capacity to become a global power and sees a growing strategic convergence between the two nations, a top administration official has said ahead of next week's India-US strategic dialogue.

‘China mulling trilateral dialogue with India, US’

China is seriously considering having a tri-lateral dialogue with India and the US, proposed by the Obama Administration, Robert Blake said.

`US encouraged by positive steps by India, Pak`

A top Obama administration official observed that the US and India continue to advance a "fundamentally" strong partnership.