India is a major foreign policy priority for the United States: Burns

June 10th, 2009 - 11:09 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama New Delhi, June 10 (ANI): US Under Secretary of State William Burns on Wednesday said that the United States of America considers India as a major foreign policy priority.

Talking to media after his meet with External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna on Wednesday, Burns said that the U.S President Barack Obama sent him with a personal message highlighting India as a crucial strategic partner for the United States.”President Obama and Secretary Clinton have sent me here to India with a very straight forward message–India is a major foreign policy priority for the United States. We consider India to be a crucial global partner for the United States in the 21st century. I had an excellent series of meetings today with the Foreign Secretary Menon, with Home Affairs Minister and most recently with Mr. Krishna. I look forward to another productive day of meetings tomorrow as we … together an ambitious bilateral agenda for the next phase in the strategic between the two countries,” said William Burns.

Burns also noted that both the US and India have come a long way since the signing of the civil nuclear deal and would do a lot more together.

“We have come a long way together in recent years including and particular the civil-nuclear agreement which was a very significant accomplishment but I am convinced that there is great deal more that we can do together,” Burns added.

Burns’ four-day visit to India is the first by any senior US official since re-election of the Dr. Manmohan Singh-led United Progressive Alliance Government at the Centre in the country.

The current visit of Burns is being viewed as a preparation for the planned visit of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in July. (ANI)

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