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US house resolution commits to working with Modi government

IANS June 03, 2014 12:22 IST
Washington: As the US reaches out to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a dozen lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan congressional resolution committing to working with his government "to advance shared values and interests."

Co-sponsored among others by lone Indian-American House member Ami Bera and the first Hindu-American lawmaker Tulsi Gabbard, the resolution also seeks "to further strengthen our strategic partnership with India, including in the defence, trade, and security arenas."

The resolution "congratulates the people of India on holding the largest democratic exercise in history of the world."

Introduced by Republican Aaron Schock, the resolution's other co-sponsors included chairman of the House foreign affairs committee Ed Royce and the top Democrat on the panel Eliot Engel.

Schock and fellow Republican Cynthia Lummis, who had both visited Gujarat before the elections and a couple of other lawmakers also issued statements to voice their commitment to "continuing to strengthen our strategic partnership."

The resolution "marks a shift in US policy and signals growing congressional support, puts forth the official position of the House of Representatives on this matter of national and global importance," Schock said.