Indo-American relations are far more important than a single political party, a senior American diplomat said on Tuesday, saying ties between the world‘s two largest democracies enjoy bipartisan support in Washington.
“One of the constants in US-Indian relations is that every presidential administration here in the United States has left the relationship in an even better state than that inherited from its predecessor, and that is an incredible legacy,” said the Assistant Secretary of State Stephen E. Biegun, who has just returned from a trip to India and Bangladesh.
“This relationship is much bigger than a single political party,” Biegun said, responding to questions from reporters during a press call organized by the London Regional Media Hub of the US State Department.
The words of the senior American diplomat gained importance just two weeks before the presidential elections on November 3.
Biegun said that India and the United States are not only the world‘s two greatest democracies, but also have common values and interests. The two are very unique countries, and yet democratic values underpin both systems, certain directions naturally converge in this strong relationship, the diplomat said.
Noting that the United States and India face the same challenges in the world, Biegun said that the two countries also have the incentives that make them make very judicious judgments about their interests, but also naturally lead to collaboration. .
Biegun said the two countries are expected to have the 2 + 2 ministerial conference later this fall. He did not announce dates that would involve meetings between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh with their US counterparts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper.
Probably in New Delhi this time, Biegun’s trip to India was to prepare for the 2 + 2 Ministerial.
Responding to a question, the American diplomat highlighted the important role played by the Native American diaspora in this relationship.
He referred to the historic Houston rally last year, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump addressed.
Although there are many more opportunities in trade and investment, over the past three decades it has grown significantly, he said.
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