'Strategic Dialogue a Milestone in Indo-US Relationship'

Lalit K Jha/Washington
'Strategic Dialogue a Milestone in Indo-US Relationship'
The US and India have said their Strategic Dialogue is another "milestone" in bilateral relationship with the Obama Administration saying the future is bright and the "sky is the limit"

"This week is another milestone in the US-India strategic relationship that has grown in leaps and bounds in the past 10 years," US Ambassador to India Tim Roemer said in his address to the US India Business Council (USIBC) ahead of the Strategic Dialogue here.

Roemer also asserted that the US-India bilateral relationship is actually "the good news story" of the decade.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are co-chairing the first Cabinet-level Indo-US Strategic Dialogue; which according to top US officials would set the pace for the long-term strategic relationship between the two countries.

Roemer said the "future is bright and the sky is the limit" for the US-India strategic relationship.

"The US-India Strategic Dialogue is a series of high level meetings and events culminating in the June 3 Plenary Session between Secretary Clinton and External Affairs Minister Krishna.

It will highlight the progress in our partnership and identify new areas for collaboration," he said.

Krishna said the Strategic Dialogue would be an important occasion for both the countries to set their sights on "new milestones" as they share interests ranging from counter-terrorism to nuclear security to Afghanistan.

"With an extremely broad range of shared interests, I will join Secretary Hillary Clinton, for the first India-US strategic dialogue at the ministerial level.

That will be an important occasion for us to reflect on the remarkable journey that our two great democracies have embarked upon, and to set our sights on new milestones," Krishna said.

Roemer said the US Mission in India is ready to work closely with all of you to take advantage of the "limitless opportunities that arise everyday in India".

He strongly refuted reports that India has not been a priority for Obama Administration.

In fact, he argued that there have been an incredible amount of positive stories this past year as the US-India bilateral relationship is now one of the good news stories of the day.

"Actually, it is the good news story of the decade. Perhaps that was on President Obama's mind when he referred to it as the 'indispensable partnership of the 21st century'," he noted.
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