Indo-US tie to reach new heights: Kerry

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Mon, Jun 24, 2013 11:53 hrs
Indo-US tie to reach new heights: Kerry

Indian and the US held their fourth annual Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi on Monday which was co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry said both the countries are committed towards taking the relationship between the two countries to new heights.

"We are committed to taking this relationship to new heights," Kerry said while addressing a joint press conference with Khurshid here.

Speaking on the strategic dialogue, he said: "Today we talked about space cooperation, technology, JVs, defence, education, agriculture and building health capacity."

India and the United States said they would pursue civil space cooperation under the framework of the Joint Working Group on Civil Space, which was constituted as the follow-up to the India-U.S. Conference on Space Science, Application, and Commerce held in Bangalore in June 2004.

Since then, space cooperation has expanded to the areas of space science, earth observation, satellite navigation, natural hazards research, disaster management support, and education.

He said the US supports India´s assistance to Afghanistan.

Kerry said the issue of terrorism was discussed during the meeting.

"The Indo-US relationship as President Obama said is one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century," he said.

He said US Vice President Joe Biden will visit India in July.

"Vice President Biden will be visiting India in late July," Kerry said.

Kerry arrived in India on Sunday for a three-day visit to the country.

Kerry on Sunday said the partnership between India and the US is very important now.

"In no uncertain terms, that is why the partnership between India and the United States is in fact more important than ever. And I don't just mean how our governments work together. That's not what I'm saying. I mean how we, all of us, harness the energy of our entrepreneurs, our scientists, our students, our citizens, and we join together to build our nations, and at the same time meet the great challenges of our time," the US Secretary of State said.

He said India might play an important role in the 2014 elections in Afghanistan.

"We also remain squarely focused on another historic milestone on the horizon: Afghanistan's 2014 elections. As democracies like India and the United States uniquely understand, Afghanistan's future will be determined when millions of Afghan men and women vote to choose what kind of country they want to live in, which leaders they want to empower, and how they will resolve the conflict that has torn apart their country for a generation," Kerry said.

"India can play a critical role in supporting these elections. We should and must work together to support an inclusive, legitimate democratic process that helps the Afghan people find unity around a new leader who will build on the economic and social gains that have been achieved under President Karzai. The world's largest democracy can play a central role in helping the government of Afghanistan improve its electoral system and create a credible and independent framework for resolving disputes," he said.

Kerry said: "India, as we know, is a global partner in our effort to build stronger democracies throughout South Asia, as well as rules of the road across South Central and East Asia. And you are a partner to help us find a more peaceful and a more prosperous continent from the Caucasus all the way to the coast of Japan. It's a major responsibility, and we welcome the opportunity to share the burdens of that responsibility with a great nation."

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