The US-India relationship has matured to a stage of no return, which might not be affected by the end result of the US presidential race, Overseas Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla stated on Wednesday.
Towards the backdrop of a knife-edge American election which is unlikely to have a confirmed consequence for days, the senior official sought to focus on the robust bipartisan assist loved by India in the US which makes the bilateral ties election-proof.
“So far as the US is worried, now we have definitely reached a stage of no return. In different phrases, now we have developed right now what we name a Complete International Strategic Partnership. We’re cooperating throughout the board on areas which can be of mutual curiosity to each our nations,” stated Mr Shringla.
“The connection has matured. In view of the chief model underneath which the US operates, having a rapport between the leaders is sine qua non, can’t be executed with out. And, that has been the premise of the connection because the time of President (Invoice) Clinton. I do imagine that won’t change,” he stated, making a reference to the rapport shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.
The Overseas Secretary, who served because the Indian ambassador to the US earlier than taking on his present submit within the Ministry of Exterior Affairs, additionally mirrored on his first-hand expertise of the area. “I’ve seen the bipartisan assist that we get pleasure from within the US, which can solely get stronger. No matter the administration, whether or not it’s continuity or change, the connection will get stronger,” he stated.
He additionally famous that whereas defence and safety is a crucial space which has been strengthened in latest occasions, commerce and investments have additionally been flourishing.
“The US is the biggest investor in India and likewise the biggest buying and selling companion. Even throughout the COVID disaster, our commerce has gone as much as one thing like $150 billion. We even have robust expertise, innovation, and really robust individuals to individuals ties,” he stated.
On Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ Indian roots, the Overseas Secretary referenced stories of prayers being supplied for her victory within the dwelling state of her mom, Tamil Nadu, as an indication of her robust “fan following” in India.
“There’s a good feeling throughout – whether or not it’s Trump-Pence or Biden-Harris,” he stated.
After France and Germany, Mr Shringla concludes a three-nation European tour within the UK on Wednesday. Whereas in London, he has held dialogues with UK Residence Secretary Priti Patel and Overseas Workplace Minister for South Asia Lord Tariq Ahmad and has additional discussions scheduled along with his counterpart within the Overseas Workplace, Sir Philip Barton, amongst others.
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