Indo-US Ties Will Be Consolidated: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that the Indo-US relationship will accord new emphasis on five areas – economy, energy, environment, education and empowerment, and that bilateral ties in defence, security and counter-terrorism will be consolidated.

At a reception hosted by the Indian Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, Singh said while addressing the Indian American community that they (Singh and Obama) had ‘met at a time when our relationship has matured into a strong strategic partnership of global dimension’.

“We had extremely good discussions on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues,” he said, telling the community about his first detailed discussion in a bilateral setting. “I found in him a great deal of respect for India and its values, and a strong commitment to this relationship.”

“We have, I believe, laid the foundation for consolidating the gains in our relationship. We are establishing new directions in the next phase of our relationship that will enable us to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” Manmohan Singh said.

“Our relationship will see a new emphasis on five Es – economy, energy, environment, education and empowerment – even as we further strengthen our ties in defence, security and counter-terrorism.”

Singh added: “We will also harness our natural synergies in science and technology, education and research to advance food security, improve healthcare, develop green technologies and create the human resources for the future.”

Appreciating the enormous contribution of Indian-Americans for their creativity, hard work, and good citizenship that played an important role in bringing two nations together, Manmohan Singh said: “Relations with the United States will remain one of the important pillars of our foreign policy.”

The prime minister said that India deems the US as an important partner for meeting its national development goals and in creating a global environment marked by consensus, co-existence and cooperation.

“Our agenda of bilateral cooperation is extremely wide-ranging,” he said, as it derives “its vitality from recognition of the enormous potential for mutually beneficial cooperation and a sense of shared responsibility to work towards addressing global challenges”.

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