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June 21st, 2010


‘India-US will shape this century’

President Barack Obama and External Affairs Minister S.M Krishna

Fight against terrorism and nuclear security topped the agenda of India and the U.S. as they set out to shape a global partnership that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said “will shape the rest of this century”.

“The global nature of the security challenges that we face today, particularly the threat posed by transnational terrorism, requires us to cooperate more closely than ever before,” said External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna, as the two countries had their first ever strategic dialogue on June 3.

Excerpts from the Joint Statement issued after the conclusion of India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue:

U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed the Indian delegation and emphasised his commitment to strengthening the growing U.S.-India partnership. Krishna was accompanied by Minister for Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal, Deputy- Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan and other high ranking officials of the Government of India.

Officials of the Government of India. Secretary Clinton was joined by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, FBI Director Robert Mueller, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, President’s Advisor for Science and Technology Dr. Holdren, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Deputy National Security Advisor Michael Froman, and other high-ranking U.S. Government officials.

The India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue is propelled by the dynamic momentum achieved in the India-U.S. relationship over the last one decade and is in pursuance of the global strategic partnership — for a better world that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Obama had reaffirmed during their meetings in November 2009 and April 2010 in Washington. Clinton and Krishna pledged to deepen peopleto- people, business-to-business, and government-to-government linkages between the world’s oldest and largest democracies, for the mutual benefit of both countries and for the promotion of global peace, stability, economic growth and prosperity. Both recalled that the India-US partnership rests on the firm foundation of common ideals as well as security and economic interests. The guiding principles upon which both nations were founded — democracy, mutual respect, individual liberty, rule of law, and an appreciation for the strength we derive from being pluralistic societies — make the India-U.S. bond strong, resilient, and uniquely important for building a peaceful, prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable world.

They pledged that as strategic partners, India and the United States would continue to consult each other closely on regional and global developments, and remain sensitive to each other’s interests. They confirmed that global institutions of governance should reflect contemporary realities and enhance effectiveness, in order to meet the challenges of the new century. In addition to advancing global security and stability, both recognised that their two countries had enormous opportunities to deepen their cooperation in trade and investment, science and technology, infrastructure investment, environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation, energy security, education, agriculture, food security, healthcare and empowerment of people.

Advancing Global Security and Countering Terrorism.

Krishna and Clinton reiterated their shared goal of advancing security and stability across Asia, in particular, through the emergence of an open, balanced, and inclusive architecture of cooperation in the region. Clinton welcomed India’s leadership role in helping to shape the rise of a stable, peaceful and prosperous Asia. They shared their perspectives on South and Central Asia, East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Indian Ocean regions and pledged to expand regular high-level exchanges on regional issues

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India, Sri Lanka sign 7 pacts to boost bilateral ties

President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil meeting President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa in New Delhi

On his recent visit to India from June 8-11, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa assured India of a political settlement for minorities and quicker rehabilitation of the displaced Tamils. The two sides also signed seven pacts to boost bilateral cooperation across a wide range of areas, including security, energy, railways and cultural exchange.

Excerpts from India-Sri Lanka Joint Declaration:

The official discussions between the two sides were marked by friendship, mutual respect and understanding. The President of Sri Lanka and the Prime Minister of India agreed that the shared cultural and civilisational heritage of India and Sri Lanka and the extensive peopleto- people interaction provided the foundation to build a vibrant and multifaceted partnership. India-Sri Lanka relations have matured and diversified with the passage of time, encompassing all areas of contemporary relevance, including trade, services and investment, development cooperation, science and technology, culture and education.

In consonance with their vision of the future of the India-Sri Lanka relations, the two leaders agreed to further harness the enormous potential available for consolidating and strengthening the bilateral partnership by building on shared values and principles of democracy and pluralism, leveraging common strategic concerns and interests, enhancing connectivity between the two countries, increasing the integration of their economies, and reinforcing the

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