The Indo-American relationship is much broader than a political party, a senior American diplomat said on Tuesday, saying relations between the world’s two largest democracies enjoy bipartisan support in Washington.
“One of the constants in US-Indian relations is that every US presidential administration has left the relationship in an even better state than it inherited from its predecessor, and that is a wonderful legacy,” said the Assistant Secretary of State Stephen E.. Bezgun, who has just returned from a trip to India and Bangladesh.
“This relationship is much broader than a political party,” Begun said, while answering 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 are important in the two weeks leading up to the presidential elections scheduled for November 3.
Begun said India and America are not only the world’s two largest democracies, but they also have common values and interests. The diplomat said the two are very unique countries, and yet democratic values naturally turn the two systems into strong relationships.
Noting that the United States and India face similar challenges in the world, he said the two countries also have incentives that push them to make very good decisions about their interests, but at the same time. Lead naturally to collaboration.
Begun said the two countries are expected to have 2 + 2 ministers after this fall. He did not announce the dates which would include meetings between Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh with their American counterparts, Secretary Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Osho.
This time, Begun’s visit to India was a 2 + 2 ministerial preparation, likely to be held this time in New Delhi.
In response to a question, the American diplomat underlined the important role played by the Native American diaspora in this regard.
He referred to the historic Houston rally last year, jointly addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.
Although there are huge opportunities in trade and investment, it has grown dramatically over the past three decades, he pointed out.
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