Obama vows to deepen ties with India

11:23, June 04, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday vowed to deepen ties with India, saying the bilateral relations are "at the highest of priorities" for his administration.

"Our relations with India are at the highest of priorities for my administration and for me personally as president of the United States,'' Obama said in his speech at the reception for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue.

Obama said India is a rising power and a responsible global power, viewing the U.S.-India relationship as "a defining partnership of the 21st century".

Obama stressed the importance of India, saying it is indispensable to the future of U.S.

"We're deepening our economic cooperation -- on finance and investment and the trade that creates jobs in both of our countries," he said.

In his speech, Obama announced that he had accepted an invitation of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit India in early November.

The U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue, held from Tuesday to Friday in Washington, deals with a range of issues, including counter-terrorism, science and technology, and trade.

The United States has held similar "strategic dialogues" in Washington with Afghanistan in May and Pakistan in March.

Source:Xinhua

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