India-US will shape the rest of this century: Clinton (Lead)June 4th, 2010 - 1:05 am ICT by IANS
By Arun Kumar
Washington, June 3 (IANS) Fight against terrorism and nuclear security topped the agenda of India and the US as they set out shape a global partnership that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said “will shape the rest of this century.”
“The global nature of the security challenges that we face today, particularly the threat posed by transnational terrorism, requires us to cooperate more closely than ever before,” said External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna as the two countries Thursday began their first ever strategic dialogue.
“Security is a top priority because both our nations have been seared by acts of terrorism on hour home soils,” Clinton said, outlining the contours of a partnership encompassing defence, education, energy, agriculture and climate change.
“Together we will discuss how to increase our cooperation on counter-terrorism by better sharing intelligence and training first responders to make our own homelands safe,” she said.
The threat of trans-national terrorism requires both India and the US to cooperate more closely than ever before, though the epicentre of this threat lies in India’s neighbourhood, it reaches far and wide all across the world as witnessed recently a few weeks back in Times Square,” Krishna said without naming Pakistan, which remains a key concern of India.
“Given the fact that the groups who preach the ideology of hatred and violence are increasingly coalescing, sharing resources and operating as one, it is incumbent upon all of us, to focus our efforts laser-like on every one of them.
“Targeting only one or other of such groups would only provide false comfort in the short term and will not usher in long term stability,” Krishna said, alluding to Pakistan not targeting groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for Mumbai terror attacks.
Describing relationship with the US as one of the most important bilateral relationships, he said: “As India moves ahead to achieve our priority tasks of economic and social transformation to allow our people to realize their full potential, we have an increasing and well-justified stake in a stable international order”.
“We both have an abiding interest in a stable international order and in the maintenance of peace and stability in Asia and beyond, and a tremendous opportunity is now before us to work together to achieve this objective,” Krishna said.
Another key area of bilateral dialogue is cooperation in high technology, he said noting that given the strategic nature of their partnership and particularly the conclusion of the Civil Nuclear Initiative, export control restrictions “are not only anomalous but also a hindrance to furthering trade and investment in this particularly significant sector of our economies.
“India is not only a rising global power, but it’s already a regional power,” Clinton said and “through this dialogue we will confront regional concerns, most urgently securing Afghanistan”.
“Beyond Afghanistan India and US want to work together to contribute to an open an inclusive regional architecture so it makes it possible for countries of Asia to rise and prosper and gives India a great role to participate.”
The US was also committed to the modernisation of India’s military as demonstrated by their defence trade, Clinton said noting the US military holds the maximum number of joint exercises with the Indian Army.
The landmark India-US civil nuclear deal provides the strong foundation for another security challenge, namely non-proliferation, she said. Climate change was another item on Clinton’s priority list.
India’s rise will certainly be a factor in any future consideration of reform of UN Security Council, she assured like other US officials without making a firm commitment of support for a permanent seat on the UN’s top decision making body for India.
The high-powered Indian delegation includes Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.
The US side included Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller, and US Undersecretary of State William Burns.
- Terrorism, n-security key focus of India-US strategic meet - Jun 03, 2010
- US vows to help bring Mumbai attackers to justice - Jun 04, 2010
- India-US talks open with call to harness full potential of ties - Jun 13, 2012
- India, US agree to take swift, credible steps to counter terrorism - Jun 04, 2010
- Breakthrough on n-deal boosts India-US ties - Jun 14, 2012
- With China on mind, India, Japan, South Korea hold trilateral - Jun 29, 2012
- Ties with 'responsible global power' India, top priority: Obama - Jun 04, 2010
- India, US to hold trilateral dialogue with Afghanistan - Jun 14, 2012
- India backs trilateral dialogue with US, China - Feb 07, 2012
- India, US closer than ever: Indian envoy - Jul 03, 2012
- Pakistan must act against terror, says India - May 08, 2012
- India-US strategic partnership has 'very promising' future: Envoy - Sep 28, 2011
- Ties with India top priority, proud to go there: Obama (Lead) - Jun 04, 2010
- Terrorism, nuclear security to be a priority in talks with India: Clinton - Jun 03, 2010
- Hillary coming to India in July for talks (Lead, superseding earlier story) - Apr 20, 2011
Tags: acts of terrorism, arun kumar, bilateral relationships, climate change, counter terrorism, epicentre, external affairs minister, first responders, global nature, global partnership, hillary clinton, krishna, lashkar e taiba, nuclear security, sharing resources, term stability, top priority, trans national, transnational terrorism, us secretary of state