US Backs India's Key Role in Maintaining Regional Stability
The US has said it supports India's "critical" role as a leader in maintaining regional stability and both have a common interest in promoting global security and the free flow of global trade and commerce.

"We have a shared interest in promoting global security, stability, and economic prosperity through trade, investment, and connectivity," the State Department said in a background note on India released yesterday.

"The United States and India have a common interest in the free flow of global trade and commerce, including through the vital sea lanes of the Indian Ocean," it said.

"The US supports India's critical role as a leader in maintaining regional stability. Security ties are robust and growing with bilateral defence and counter-terrorism cooperation reaching unprecedented levels," it said.

The two countries also look to continue develop their defence partnership through military sales and joint research, co-production and co-development efforts, it added.

The State Department said the US-India Strategic Dialogue, launched in 2009, provides opportunities to strengthen collaboration in areas including energy, climate change, trade, education, and counter-terrorism.

The third annual meeting was held in June 2012.

In 2012 alone, seven Cabinet-level officials made visits to India to deepen bilateral ties, it added.

Noting that the strength of people to people linkages between the US and India has come to define the indispensable relationship between the two countries, the State Department said the increased cooperation of state and local officials to create ties has enhanced engagement in education.
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