The United States appears close to forging a strong partnership with India in various areas, including assistance for Afghanistan and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and India’s Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna said bilateral ties between their countries continue to mature following their latest strategic dialogue in Washington, D.C.
U.S.-India bilateral relations are especially becoming stronger in the areas of trade and investment, science and technology, education and people exchanges, security and defense, and cooperation in South and East Asia, Clinton said.
The secretary expressed hope of signing formal trilateral agreements with Afghanistan and India to support infrastructure development in the former. Clinton also reaffirmed support for India’s Look East policy and noted the need to expand U.S.-India relations on the bilateral and multilateral level to develop economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region.
Both officials, however, did recognize the challenges in seeking stronger partnerships between their countries, including “questions and doubts about the relationship” which the Indian foreign minister said were “inevitable in something so unique and new.”
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