Indo-U.S. relations touch new heights with strategic dialogue: analysts

19:09, June 04, 2010      

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As both India and the United States pledged to deepen and broaden ties in the wake of the first ever India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in Washington, New Delhi's relations with Washington have touched new heights, said local analyst Friday.

"(U.S.) President (Barack) Obama's statement that U.S.-Indian relations is 'fundamentally unique' and 'defining partnership' has become a signature tune in Washington and is being repeated by officials across the ranks. Both the countries clearly know that their big focus should now be on the expanding partnership on counterterrorism. Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna's visit was intended to set the tone for fruitful bilateral relations and it has clicked well. President Obama has also vouched this by confirming his India visit in November," said political analyst Ajay Singh.

Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held the first Indo-U.S. Strategic Dialogue in Washington Wednesday and Thursday. Both sides pledged to strengthen and cooperation in the fields of security and economic and trade relations.

"The U.S. has clearly acknowledged that India is indispensable and that it is a rising and responsible global power. India's growing proximity to the U.S. has now taken a pace and Washington knows New Delhi's cooperation is essential when it comes to tackling terrorism, particularly in South Asia and Afghanistan. By giving India its due respect, Washington has set the tone for a more and effective bilateral relationship. Not only will India, but the main beneficiary would be the U.S.," said political scientist Prof. S.K. Singh.

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