US to enhance security cooperation with new Indian government

Written by | May 2, 2014 | 0
Washington: Describing security cooperation with India as “a central element of the broad US-India strategic partnership”, the US says it looks forward to working closely with the next Indian government to build on it.

India’s “rise as a competent and confidant and capable power that advances regional stability, security and prosperity is something that the United States welcomes and supports,” Nisha Desai Biswal, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia told a Congressional panel.

“The US-India relationship has continued to mature, deepen and grow over successive administrations in both countries,” she said in her testimony Wednesday before House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on “Assessing US Foreign Assistance Priorities in South Asia.”

Commenting on “the incredible display of democracy going on in India,” Biswal said, the US continued to facilitate growth in India-US trade relationship and ensure new opportunities for businesses in each other’s markets.

“Our collaboration on energy, science and technology, environment, space, education and counterterrorism continues to deepen,” she said.

The US was “doubling down, so to speak, in Asia,” Biswal said as the Obama administration has “placed a strategic bet on regional economic connectivity through its New Silk Road and Indo-Pacific economic corridor initiatives.”

“The improvement of relations between India and Bangladesh and the growing ties between India and its ASEAN counterparts allow for more efficient, integrated and open markets across the region,” she said.

“But clearly one of the biggest obstacles to regional connectivity is India and Pakistan,” Biswal said.

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