Fostering greater Indo-US engagement

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 07:40 hrs

Washington, Dec 13 (IANS) How to encourage civic engagement between India and the US and other issues affecting Indian-Americans were highlighted at a briefing on the state of US-India relations for senior Congressional staff on Capitol Hill.

Arun Singh, India's Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington and Rich Verma, former Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs at the US Department of State, led the discussion. The briefing was organised Wednesday by the office of Joe Crowley, Democratic member of the House of Representatives from New York and co-Chair of the House Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans.

Other topics covered included furthering economic growth, improving international security, and the importance of protecting the civil rights of the Indian-American community, Crowley's office said.

Meanwhile, Indian ambassador Nirupama Rao met the Minority Leader and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Tuesday to discuss the present state of India-US relations and the global strategic partnership between the two countries.

Rao informed Pelosi about recent developments in the relationship and India's perspective on regional and global issues of common interest, the Indian embassy said in a media release.

Speaking of the shared values and complementarities between India and the US and the broad spectrum of opportunities for the two countries to collaborate, Pelosi warmly recalled her visit to India in 2008 as speaker.

Discussing the regional situation in South Asia, Pelosi welcomed India's positive contribution to Afghanistan's reconstruction and viewed the US-India partnership as having an important role to play in ensuring Afghanistan's peace and prosperity.

Rao and Pelosi expressed admiration for the contributions made by a growing and dynamic Indian American community to the development of India-US relations and were agreed that the community is a crucial and important bridge between the two countries, the embassy said.

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