India-US cooperation benefits both nations, say senatorsJuly 28th, 2009 - 11:12 am ICT by IANS
By Arun Kumar
Washington, July 28 (IANS) In a reflection of bipartisan support for growing Indo-US ties, two influential US senators have said robust cooperation between the US and India means increased economic opportunities for both nations benefiting Americans and Indians alike.
In addition to being the world’s largest democracy, India was also “one of the world’s biggest and most dynamic economies,” said Chris Dodd, the new Democratic co-chair of US Senate India Caucus and John Cornyn, the founder and Republican co-chair.
“During this decade, India and the United States have cooperated more closely then ever before, proving that our two nations are well suited for not only a partnership, but also a friendship,” they said in an invitation to welcome India’s Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Inviting Indian American community leaders, Dodd, who took over from Hillary Clinton after she became Secretary of State, and Cornyn said: “This event will also mark the beginning of a new partnership between the US Senate and Americans of Indian descent aimed at furthering our common interests and enhancing US-India relations.”
“Robust cooperation between the US and India means increased economic opportunities for both nations, as well as a chance to join together to spread the fundamental principles of freedom, democracy, tolerance, and the rule of law throughout the world, benefiting Americans and Indians alike,” they argued.
Dodd and Cornyn added: “A strong relationship between the US and India, based on mutual trust and respect, will enable close collaboration across a broad spectrum of strategic interests, such as counter-terrorism, promotion of democracy, fostering regional economic development, encouraging respect for human rights, and expanding scientific research.”
“To that end,” they said, “the Senate India Caucus provides a forum for members of the Senate to work closely with Indian government officials, Indian Americans, and other friends of India in the US to help promote the already flourishing relationship between our countries and candidly discuss issues of common concern.”
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