US ambassador to India Richard Verma’s visit to Northeast sends strong signal to China

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December 08, 2016 2:03 PM

Though the US administration is going through a transitional phase as president-elect Donald Trump gets ready to take over from Barack Obama, Verma’s visit was not affected in any way. It was just a result of the “strategic partnership” between the two countries, as per sources.

United States ambassador to India, Richard Verma, completed a tour of the Northeast states and discussed India’s Act-East policy with leaders from the region, in what it is taken as a strong signal to China. (AP)United States ambassador to India, Richard Verma, completed a tour of the Northeast states and discussed India’s Act-East policy with leaders from the region, in what it is taken as a strong signal to China. (AP)

United States ambassador to India, Richard Verma, completed a tour of the Northeast states and discussed India’s Act-East policy with leaders from the region, in what it is taken as a strong signal to China, which reacted on expected lines to lodge a strong protest against Verma’s visit to the region which began with Arunachal Pradesh in October. Barring Mizoram, Verma has toured all the states in the last one-and-a-half months. When asked about the previous such ambassadorial trip to the Northeast states, “This was the first such trip by a US ambassador,” a US Embassy spokesperson told The Indian Express.

Though the US administration is going through a transitional phase as president-elect Donald Trump gets ready to take over from Barack Obama, Verma’s visit was not affected in any way. It was just a result of the “strategic partnership” between the two countries, as per sources. This strengthens the US-India bond as it signifies that even a change in administration, from a Democratic President to a Republican one, will not affect the course of action as it has broad bipartisan support towards strengthening ties with India.

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Verma visited Meghalaya, Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura from November 29 to December 3, where he separately met with Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh, Nagaland CM T R Zeliang, and Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy and CM Manik Sarkar. The US embassy spokesperson was quoted as saying that the ambassador held a productive discussions with each chief minister on opportunities for US-India cooperation in India’s Northeast region, including how to boost regional connectivity projects and cross-border trade to complement India’s Act-East policy.

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