Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Deepen global strategic partnership:India, US commit to broaden, deepen global strategic partnership

India and the U.S. agreed on Tuesday to take steps to broaden and deepen their global strategic partnership while recognizing the achievements of the two governments since the first bilateral strategic dialogue held in Washington in June 2010.

A joint statement issued by the two sides after the second US-India Strategic Dialogue held here reflects the progress made.

Foreign Minister, SM Krishna and visit U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met today in New Delhi and agreed to defend the interests of the two countries share.

As a testament of extraordinary breadth and depth of the relationship, Secretary Clinton was accompanied by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Adviser to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John P. Holdren, DOE Assistant Secretary Daniel Poneman, Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute, and other senior U.S. government officials.

Krishna was accompanied by the Vice President of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Infrastructure of Public Information of the Prime Minister and Minister for Innovation Sam Pitroda, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and other senior officials.

Krishna was also joined at the working lunch with the Minister of Interior, P. Chidambaram and Minister of Human Resource Development and Information Technology Kapil Sibal.

During his visit, Clinton also met with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, the President of the United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi, the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, and advisor National Security Shivshankar Menon.

Clinton offered his prayers and condolences to the victims of the despicable attacks in Mumbai on July 13. The American people are with the Indian people in times of trial and offer support to India's efforts to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice.

Krishna welcomed the expressions of support for Clinton, Obama and the U.S. Congress. The two leaders resolved to strengthen cooperation between their governments to fight terrorism.

Both sides agreed that strategic dialogue since the inaugural in 2010, the alliance between India and the United States has resulted in advances in almost all areas of human endeavor. joint statement said the two sides have expanded their strategic consultations to cover all major issues and regions.

It was mentioned that India and the United States has intensified its cooperation against terrorism, intelligence sharing and exchange law.

The statement also said both countries have continued to expand their defense cooperation. They have expanded their partnership growing export controls and nonproliferation. They have witnessed a robust expansion and the people ties, scientific, space and technological cooperation, cooperation in clean energy, and the connections between social entrepreneurs and innovators.

The two leaders emphasized the values ​​of our countries share - pluralism, tolerance, openness and respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights. He reiterated Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the promise of President Barack Obama to exploit these shared benefits and expand the worldwide association of India and the United States for the benefit of their countries and for peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the world.

On Tuesday, Clinton and Krishna reviewed progress in bilateral relations and set new targets for further strengthening of India-US strategic partnership. (ANI)
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