US keen to take ties with India to new level: Hillary Clinton

January 24th, 2009 - 1:04 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rang up her Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee Friday, underlining the US’ desire to take the relationship with India to a new level.”Secretary Clinton expressed her desire to work together with the external affairs minister to take the relationship between India and the USA to a new level,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

“Both ministers agreed that they would like to further strengthen the excellent bilateral relationship between India and the USA,” the statement added.

Mukherjee congratulated Clinton, a staunch advocate of strong India-US relations, on her assumption of the office of US secretary of state.

Clinton was expected to call Mukherjee Thursday, but failed to get through to him as he was away in Afghanistan.

Clinton’s remarks were the first at this level that underscored the Obama administration’s resolve to deepen multi-faceted relations with India. A policy document on foreign policy released by the White House Tuesday made no mention of India, but spoke about building new partnerships in Asia.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday wrote a congratulatory letter to US President Barack Obama and hoped that the India-US relationship will be bolstered during his presidency.

Manmohan Singh also invited Obama and his spouse Michelle to visit India and said that he looked forward to working with the US president to “address regional and global issues of common concern”.

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