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President Obama to Visit India in November 2010: Says India is a Rising Global Power

WASHINGTON: June 4, 2010: President Barack Obama on Thursday called deepening ties with India one of his administration's most important goals. Announcing that he will visit India in early November, 2010, he said that the U.S.-Indian relationship will help shape the coming century.

"Our relations with India are at the highest of priorities for my administration and for me personally as president of the United States," Obama said at a reception at the State Department hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton for her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna. Obama called India "a responsible global power" and said the U.S.-India relationship "will be a defining partnership of the 21st century." The United States, Obama said, values India not merely for its crucial geographic position in South Asia but because of the deep social, political and strategic values the countries share. "India is indispensable to the future that we seek," Obama added.

"That's why a third of my Cabinet has already visited India. That is why officials from across my administration are a part of this strategic dialogue. That's why I want to thank you for the progress that we've made together since Prime Minister Singh's visit," the US President proclaimed before a select audience at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department. An IALC delegation attended the reception along with other events marking the US-India Strategic Dialogue.

Earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that "India’s rise will be a factor in any future consideration of reform of the Security Council," indicating U.S. support for India's bid for a seat on the United Nation's Security Council.

US Ambassador to India, Mr. Tim Roemer chats with the IALC President Dr. Kamala Edwards at the State Department reception. Mr. Ram Narayan of India-US Foundation in the background (left). Dr. Edwards attends the "Women Ambassadors & Women in Diplomacy," event at the Embassy of Bahrain. Ambassador Houda Ezra Nonoo (Bahrain), UNESCO goodwill Ambassador Esther Cooper Smith and Maria Fatima Lima Veiga (Cape De Verde) poses for pictures (Right). Currently there are 26 women Ambassadors in Washington, D.C. is a Indian-Ameican Leadership Council, Inc. project, Copyright © 2001™. All rights reserved. Terms of Use Legal Disclaimers Home - Maps & Directions - Market Watch - Contact Us