US seeks 'dramatic expansion' of India ties

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    US seeks 'dramatic expansion' of India ties - Yahoo! News


    US seeks 'dramatic expansion' of India ties



    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged Wednesday to work for a "dramatic expansion" in ties with India, calling it one of the few nations the new US administration saw as a global partner.

    Addressing business leaders in Washington, the top US diplomat confirmed she would go to India next month to build a relationship between the world's two largest democracies she dubbed "US-India 3.0."

    "We see India as one of a few key partners worldwide who will help us shape the 21st century," Clinton told the US-India Business Council.

    Clinton said both she and President Barack Obama sought "a dramatic expansion in our common agenda and a greater role for India in solving global challenges."

    She said the United States sensed an opportunity after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an advocate of free markets and closer US ties, won a convincing new election mandate.

    "I hope that an expanded partnership between the US and India will be one of the signature accomplishments of both new governments in both countries, and I do plan to make that a personal priority," she said.

    She listed climate change, Afghanistan and science as areas for new US-India cooperation. She also said the United States hoped to start negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty with India.

    Some Indian commentators had griped that Obama ignored India early in his term, despite high-profile diplomacy with fellow Asian giant China and a new focus on stabilizing India's historic adversary Pakistan.

    Ron Somers, the president of the US-India Business Council, said that while the Obama administration had no pressing issues with India, it should not take the South Asian giant for granted.

    "It's a newly strong relationship and like any relationship it requires tending and nurturing rather than thinking it can run on auto-pilot," Somers told AFP.

    India and the United States had uneasy relations during the Cold War when New Delhi tilted toward the Soviet Union. Relations began to warm at the end of Bill Clinton's presidency, after a row over India's nuclear tests in 1998.

    Former president George W. Bush cited India as one of his key foreign-policy achievements after he negotiated a deal that provides New Delhi with civilian nuclear technology despite its refusal to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    The nuclear accord was unpopular with some lawmakers in Obama's Democratic Party, who said it sent the wrong signal to nations such as Iran and North Korea.

    But Clinton hailed the nuclear agreement and said the Obama administration was "fully committed" to implementing the deal, which she said "removed the final barrier to broader cooperation between us."

    She voiced hope that the treaty can "also serve as the foundation of a productive partnership on non-proliferation."

    Clinton steered clear of mentioning Kashmir, the Himalayan territory divided between India and Pakistan. Obama soon after his election triggered a furor in India by suggesting the United States could help on Kashmir, which New Delhi considers a domestic issue.

    But Clinton welcomed Singh's latest bid to reach a lasting peace with Pakistan, which has fought three full-fledged wars with India since their separation at birth in 1947.

    "As Pakistan now works to take on the challenge of terrorists in its own country, I am confident that India as well as the United States will support those efforts," she said.

    Trade between the United States and India had doubled to more than 43 billion dollars a year since 2004.

    Somers of the US-India Business Council said that the United States should seize on India's plans to modernize its military, which he estimated would entail 30 billion dollars in defense contracts over the next five years.
     
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    Obama administration will take nuke deal foward: Clinton- Hindustan Times

    Obama administration will take nuke deal foward: Clinton

    Press Trust Of India
    Washington, June 18, 2009
    First Published: 01:25 IST(18/6/2009)
    Last Updated: 01:53 IST(18/6/2009)

    Indo-US nuclear deal allows the US to move beyond concerns about the status of India's nuclear program, an issue that dominated the relationship between the two countries for much of the last decade, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

    Terming the nuclear deal as a "landmark agreement" for both the countries, she said the Obama administration is fully committed to implement the civil nuclear pact.

    The agreement carries a strong bipartisan support in both India and the US, Clinton said addressing a meeting of Indian and US corporate leaders at the Synergies Summit of the US India Business Council.

    "This second stage in our (US India) history continued through the last US and Indian administrations and culminated in completion of the Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement, this past October, under the Bush administration," Clinton said.

    "This landmark accord, which the Obama administration is fully committed to implementing, provides a framework for economic and technical cooperation, between our two countries, and allows us to move beyond our concerns about the status of India's nuclear program, an issue that dominated our relationship for much of the last decade," Clinton said.

    The nuclear deal, which was completed through the efforts of former President Bush, Clinton said removed the final barrier to broader cooperation between the two countries. "That brings us to today," she said.
     
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    India faces terrible challenge of combating terror: Clinton

    India faces terrible challenge of combating terror: Clinton

    Lalit K Jha
    Washington, Jun 17 (PTI) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today said India faces the "terrible challenge" of combating terrorism following the Mumbai strikes and highlighted the need for increase in cooperation on counter- terrorism and intelligence sharing between the two countries.

    "The tragic attacks of 26/11 were a global event. They played out in slow motion on television screens across India, the United States and the world. The violence inflicted on the people of Mumbai and the loss of six American citizens in those attacks was a reminder that terrorism represents a common threat to our nations and our people, and we must meet it with a common strategy," Clinton said.

    "As part of that strategy, we should expand our broader security relationship and increase cooperation on counter-terrorism and intelligence sharing," Clinton said and added that India and the US share an overriding interest in making the world more secure.

    "As you know, America faced an extraordinary challenge ourselves after 9/11: how to organise as a government and a people to better prevent and prepare for future attacks. India faces that same terrible challenge, and the president and I are committed to working with India in whatever way are appropriate to enhance India's ability to protect itself," Clinton said.

    The post-9/11 process had its strengths and its faults, and "I think we can learn from India, too, as it develops new mechanisms for cooperation between federal and state security forces. PTI
     

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