John Kerry unveils US' India roadmap, highlights 'strategic imperative', 'transformative moment' in history

Jul 29 2014, 09:49 IST
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The US and India can and should be indispensable partners for the 21st century, says John Kerry. (Reuters) The US and India can and should be indispensable partners for the 21st century, says John Kerry. (Reuters)
SummaryHowever, John Kerry noted that the India-US ties yet to 'blossom' together.

Calling India an indispensable partners for the 21st century, US Secretary of State John Kerry said today the dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of this bilateral relationship is needed to solve some of world's greatest challenges.

Laying out a roadmap for a long-term strategic partnership between the largest and oldest democratic countries, Kerry said that deepening America's ties with India is a strategic imperative.

Noting that the India-US ties is yet to "blossom" together, Kerry said, "This is a potentially transformative moment in our relationship with India."

Kerry was referring to the post-election scenario and the formation of the new government, which he said has received historic mandate from its people to deliver change.

"The US and India can and should be indispensable partners for the 21st century. The dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of our relationship is needed to solve some of world's greatest challenges," he said.

He said the two countries can work together to tackle global challenges from climate change to clean energy and others.

Kerry, who heads to New Delhi tomorrow to co-chair the fifth India-US Strategic Dialogue on July 31 with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj, said, "This is a potentially transformative moment and we are determined to deliver on opportunities we can create together."

Kerry will be accompanied by the US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, as well as other members of the inter-agency, including Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security and NASA. The trip will mark the first US cabinet-level visit to New Delhi since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over office.

"The new Indian government plans 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas' -- together we all development for all -- is a vision that we want to support," the Secretary of State said this in his address on 'The United States and India: A Shared Vision for 2020 and Beyond' at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a major US think-tank.

"We believe this to be a great vision," Kerry said as he praised the vision and developmental concept of Modi.

Kerry said it is time to adopt Modi's vision of development.

"Innovation and entrepreneurship is both in our DNA," he said, adding that the US and India can't afford to rest back on these advantages.

More American companies would come to India if the new Indian government goes ahead on its promise of liberalisation and economic reform, he said.

Modi, as the Gujarat Chief Minister

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