Saturday, October 21, 2006

USA, India to improve strategic relations

A trustworthy strategic partner in Asia is essential. No other country comes in the region even a close second to India in this respect. I say this even though they really pi$$ed me off voting for Venezuela for the Latin American non-permanent seat at the UN. They need oil and I suppose that was the overriding reason.

Determined to move forward with its strategic relationship with India, a top US state department official will be visiting India in November with a large delegation to fulfil the direction given by their political leadership.

'We have a blueprint and a framework in the July 18, 2005 and March 2, 2006 joint statements of President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,' undersecretary of state Nick Burns, told the Indian media Friday announcing his plans to visit New Delhi.

Describing the India-US civilian nuclear deal as the 'symbolic centre of the new strategic relationship' he said it was Washington's 'top concern, top objective and top legislative priority' for the lame duck session of the outgoing Congress when it resumes after the Nov 7 midterm poll.

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