Secretary Clinton opens the US-India Strategic Dialogue

June 4th, 2010 - 3:16 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON D.C. (BNO NEWS) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened the plenary session of the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue with Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, the White House announced on Thursday.

“For nearly two decades, India and the United States have worked intensively to build a strong, positive relationship that has delivered benefits to Indians, Americans, and people worldwide. This dialogue is an effort to build on that history and deepen our cooperation so that we can together solve common challenges and evoke the full talent and energy of our people,” Clinton said.

One of the topics discussed during the first meeting was security and counterterrorism. Clinton said that during the dialogue they will discuss how to make their homelands more secure by means of cooperating on counterterrorism, sharing intelligence, and training first responders.

Clinton said that they will also discuss the U.S. support to India’s military. The U.S. currently holds more military exercises with India than with any other country. Both countries have also committed to the modernization of the Indian armed forces.

Krishna remarked that both countries have huge potential for scientific and commercial collaboration in green technologies, that is mainly due to the Clean Energy Memorandum of Understanding that Krishna and Clinton signed last November. Such document enables India and U.S. to move forward in creating a strong bilateral partnership in this specific area.

Both officials expressed their desires to begin the discussions on Friday. Clinton considered the Indian relationship as a personal priority. She also declared that these meetings will help shape the future of both nations and will improve the lives of million inhabitants of both countries.

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