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Devyani Khobragade row: US wants to move India ties forward

Washington: Putting the Khobragade affair behind them, the United States hopes to move forward the "broad" and "strong" strategic partnership between "the oldest and the largest democracies in the world."The sentiment was expressed by US
IANS January 24, 2014 14:56 IST
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Washington: Putting the Khobragade affair behind them, the United States hopes to move forward the "broad" and "strong" strategic partnership between "the oldest and the largest democracies in the world."

The sentiment was expressed by US Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom Thursday at a reception hosted by Indian Ambassador S. Jaishankar at his residence to celebrate India's 65th Republic Day on Sunday.

Attending the reception "on behalf of President (Barack) Obama and the people of the United States," the US official said "India's Republic Day reminds us of the strength of India's democratic institutions and traditions."

"And it also reminds us of the strength of the ties between our people and our governments," Higginbottom said. "As we often say, we have a strategic partnership between the oldest and the largest democracies in the world."

Noting that Jaishankar, who played key role in negotiating the landmark India-US civil nuclear deal, "has a very long and distinguished history of strengthening the partnership between our two nations," she said: "I look forward to working together with him to continue those efforts."

US and India "have a broad range of joint efforts and shared interests that keep propelling us forward," Higginbottom said listing among others their space cooperation, homeland security dialogue, health initiatives, work on climate and energy issues and education cooperation.

The two countries' "strong trade and investment ties fight poverty and drive growth in both countries," she said noting, "We have reached close to $100 billion in bilateral trade each year - numbers that we expect to see increase in the coming years."

"Beyond our bilateral relations, we are strong partners in building an international framework to underpin continued peace and prosperity," Higginbottom said.

"Our regional dialogues, including the US-India-Japan trilateral exchange and the ASEAN Regional Forum, have helped develop a shared vision for stability in Asia and the Indian and Pacific Oceans."