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.
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.
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 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.
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake has said the country is moving backwards on democracy.
A top US official has termed New Delhi crucial for economic growth of the country post the withdrawal of American troops from there.
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.
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.
Uzbek authorities had earlier said the country was moving to ban foreign military bases on its territory.
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.
The India-Afghan-US tri-lateral consultations are not directed against Pakistan, a senior Obama Administration official has said.
A senior Obama Administration official hoped that the seven nations would continue to reduce their dependence on oil from Iran.
The US and India will continue to look for opportunities to engage bilaterally with China, said Robert 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.
US believes India has the required institutional capacity to become a global power, a top US official said.
China is seriously considering having a tri-lateral dialogue with India and the US, proposed by the Obama Administration, Robert Blake said.
A top Obama administration official observed that the US and India continue to advance a "fundamentally" strong partnership.
Sri Lanka`s rights record is expected to be the centre of discussions at the UN Human Rights Council`s session.
The US backed Prez Mohammed
Waheed Hassan`s plan for a "national unity" government in Maldives and ignored Mohammad Nasheed’s demand for snap polls.
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Day in Pics: 24th December
Showbiz World - December 24, 2014
Sunny Leone with Mastizaade