US envoy Timothy Roemer resigns

April 28th, 2011 - 12:04 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama New Delhi, Apr 28 (ANI): U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer today announced his resignation from the top diplomatic post.

According to a release issued by the US Embassy here, Roemer is expected to leave India in June.

“When I accepted this job two years ago, I told President Barack Obama that I would serve for two years, but that family considerations would be front and centre after that,” Roemer said in a statement.

Roemer said: “For me and for my entire family, the past two years have been a time of incredible experiences, warm friendships, and meaningful partnerships. The U.S.-India relationship — what my friend President Obama calls the defining partnership of the 21st century - has progressed to the global stage. I am very proud to have led the team responsible for deepening and broadening the strategic partnership of this critical bilateral relationship, which is one of the cornerstones of our foreign policy.

“The U.S. India relationship is on a positive historic trajectory towards a global partnership that is changing the way our two nations create economic opportunity for our citizens, educating the leaders of tomorrow, and ensuring safe and secure communities. The horizons of our relationship truly know no limits,” he added.

He said the relationship has been further strengthened by the landmark 2009 visit and White House dinner honoring Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to the history making trip by President Obama to India in 2010.

“I am proud to have worked with the Government of India to sign the Counter terrorism Cooperation Initiative providing groundbreaking joint US-India work on mega-city policing, forensic lab training, intelligence sharing, and sharing best government-wide practices,” he added.

He said during his tenure as ambassador, the US-India defense partnership has also expanded exponentially, and noted the sale of C130J aircraft and the pending sale of C-17s to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries.

“This demonstrates our enduring commitment to sharing the world’s best technology with India. Our defense partnership offers economic benefits for both India and the United States and significant job creation in both countries,” he added.

He said the two countries were also committed to conserving and protecting the planet’s resources as global partners and hoped in years to come, US and Indian scientists will work collaboratively in new ways to address issues such as water security, weather predictions, renewable energy, and climate change challenges.

He said ultimately people-to-people ties are the backbone of the partnership. “As ambassador I had a chance to travel with my family to all corners of this incredible and beautiful country,” he said.

“Whether I was playing basketball with Muslim girls in Lucknow, seeing a majestic tiger in Ranthambore or observing the ‘aarti’ on the banks of the mighty Ganga in Varanasi, I personally viewed how common values and interests bind our two great democracies,” he said.

“As Gandhiji said, ‘a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.’ India has opened the doors of its schools, communities and hearts to my family. We will leave with full and grateful hearts for the many wonderful people who have welcomed us. We came here as diplomats and we leave feeling part of a family,” he added. (ANI)

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