Deccan Chronicle | 27 May 2010
Ahead of Indo-US Strategic Dialogue, an Obama Administration official on Thursday termed India as a “great and emerging global power” and said the talks, next week, will take the relationship between the two nations to a new level.
“I think the strategic dialogue speaks for itself. India is a great and emerging global power. Our range of interests are significant in terms of the environment, in terms of regional security, in terms of counterterrorism, economic issues,” the state department spokesman, Mr P. J. Crowley, told reporters here.
Leading a high-power delegation of several Cabinet Ministers, the external affairs minister, Mr S.M. Krishna, is scheduled to arrive in Washington in the next couple of days for the first Indo-US Strategic Dialogue from June 1 to June 4.
While the names of the Indian delegation has not been announced yet, it is expected that it would include the human resources development minister, Mr Kapil Sibal; the deputy chairman of planning commission, Mr Montek Singh Ahluwalia; the minister for science and technology Mr Prithvitaj Chauhan; and the foreign secretary, Ms Nirupama Rao.
The secretary of state, Ms Hillary Clinton, — who returned from her week-long three-nation Asia trip from Japan, China and Seoul — would lead the American delegation. During Ms Clinton’s visit to India, last year, it was decided that the strategic dialogue should be launched between the two countries.
“We have very strong cultural ties to India, so we look forward to the strategic dialogue. It’s something that the secretary and the President (of the US) felt important to elevate the level of our coordination and cooperation. So we look forward to the dialogue,” Mr Crowley said in response to a question.
“I think our relations with India have never been stronger. We are talking about the relations between the largest and oldest democracies in the world. We have a great deal in common and we look forward to the meetings next week,” Mr Crowley said.
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