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Modi had an extraordinarily successful US visit: US official

PTI 21 Nov 2014, 9:38:40 AM IST

Washington: Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi's US visit as "extraordinarily successful", a top official in the Obama administration has said US-India relationship has come "a remarkable distance".

"We've just had the extraordinarily successful visit of Prime Minister Modi here to the United States, and an agenda that is working across virtually every issue of importance to us with India that we're carrying forward," Anthony Blinken, nominee for US Deputy Secretary of State, told Senators during his confirmation hearing.

Blinken was responding to questions from Senators on India-US relationship.

"I think we've seen the US-India relationship come a remarkable distance," he said referring to the recent visit of Modi to the US.

"It started with the end of the Clinton administration. The Bush administration did a tremendous job in carrying the relationship forward," he said.

Republican Senator Tim Kaine said the US-India relationship is entering a new phase for a variety of reasons, where there's a huge upside opportunity on economic cooperation and trade, on military cooperation, on cooperation on cyber issues.

The United States is seeking to forge new global partnerships with India, said Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee.