India, US to deepen security ties; increase trade to $500 bln

Washington (PTI): Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US President Barack Obama next week, the two countries have decided to further deepen their security and economic cooperation and increase bilateral trade five-fold to USD 500 billion.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the first India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue that ended with the important takeaway of a joint statement on combating terrorism, reinforcing commercial ties and securing access to US inward investment and technology.

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The dialogue also helped the two countries move towards the goal of making their ties the defining relationship of the 21st century and increase bilateral trade from USD 100 billion to USD 500 billion a year.

Kerry said the US-India relationship is a “bright spot on the international landscape and is one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world.”

“President Obama and our entire administration are strongly committed to this relationship, to this friendship. And President Obama looks forward to meeting with Prime Minister Modi next week in New York,” he said at a joint press conference with Swaraj after the meeting here yesterday.

Briefing about the meeting, he said, “We have concluded a very significant Memorandum of Understanding on energy security, climate change, and clean energy.”

“We have renewed our joint commitment to maritime security, international law, and the peaceful resolution of disputes in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions,” he said, adding that the two countries will implement measures to deepen their cooperation against international terrorism, which has claimed too many lives in both the nations. Swaraj said the joint statement reiterates commitment of the two countries on common approach against terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Haqqani network and the D-Company.

“We (India and the US) reiterate that the threat posed by al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, D-Company (Dawood Ibrahim), Haqqani network and other regional groups undermines stability in South Asia. And we call to Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack,” Swaraj told reporters.

“We (India and the US) strongly condemn the July 27, 2015 terrorist attack in Gurdaspur, Punjab, and August 5, 2015 attack in Udhampur,” she said of the terror assaults in India which were carried out by terrorists based in Pakistan.

Swaraj said the joint statement states that the two countries are determined to fight terrorism to the end. In response to a question, Kerry said the two countries are committed to bringing all their efforts together in this fight against terrorism.

5 Comments

  1. This announcement is a step in the right direction. India really needs US as the trading partner and not China or Russia. The US companies have heavily invested in India and created a lot of jobs. The US can provide information on terrorists and India can get sophisticated weapons too.

  2. This announcement is a step in the right direction. -Mr.Dinesh.

    Sir,If India need to real progressive it need to sustain on its own. The government of India need should seriously think about stop ‘brain drain’ rather than ‘make in India’.It need to correct the foreign policy and cut its root from fanaticism to improve investors confidence.

    This is the same USA which denied cryogenic engine and super computer technology which predecessor government of Congress brilliantly achieved in house.How long India will slave to of foreign technology when Indian’s themselves are driven force?

    PM Modi’s government is only shouting ‘Make in India’ and when most of the technology is dependent upon.Increase number of Indian drug plant over production quality U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    U.S. bans another Indian drug plant over production quality
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/14/us-polydrug-india-drug-idUSKCN0RE1NY20150914

    Unfortunately Drugs Banned in other Countries But Available in India

    Drugs Banned in other Countries But Available in India http://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/drugs-banned-in-other-countries-but-available-in-india.htm#ixzz3mmFErDQb

    We can’t even produce high end Razor blade.Don’t even have round the clock energy needs.Lack of rapid transportation.Corrupt bureaucracy.In addition to all those problems new avtar of pro fundamentalism.

    How does India achieve progressive development when there is no peace and security?

    As of now PM Modi can be only proud for ‘Dhoklas’ to clai ‘Make in India’. Other than this buying spree continues only to heard later with more ‘Ghotala’.

    Jai Hind

  3. @ sharia Shaikh – What are you talking about? You don’t make any sense!! You are blaming both US and India!! Why are you against increased trade between India and US? Is it because both are tough on your medieval tribal gangs? By the way, you have never answered my questions – Do you still consider Pakistan as our friend or enemy?

  4. What are you talking about? You don’t make any sense!! You are blaming both US and India!! -Atheist Mr.Original Pai

    Sir,”Say what is true,although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.” Lies will be always bitter in the end,no matter how sweet you made it at beginning.

    No strong evidence against Sanatan Sanstha, says BJP leader RK Singh
    http://www.ibnlive.com/news/politics/no-strong-evidence-against-sanatan-sanstha-says-bjp-leader-rk-singh-1108360.html

    Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Home Secretary RK Singh has justified why there is no ban on fringe group Sanatan Sanstha.

    Resurgent Hindutva Terror In Goa
    http://www.countercurrents.org/gatade291009.htm

    Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders like Manohar Parrikar have expressed support for the Sanatan Sanstha, the Hindu outfit blamed for the pre-Diwali blasts that killed two people.
    Virendra Marathe, managing trustee of the Sanstha, named BJP state president Shripad Naik, leader of opposition Parrikar and party legislator Dayanand Mandrekar as politicians who stood by them in the aftermath of the blasts in Margao, 35 km from here.
    Police say the blasts were engineered and executed by members of the Sanstha.
    “The BJP MLAs supported us. They advised us to sue the media for defamation, for slandering the Sansthan. Dayanand Mandrekar, Parrikar and Shripad Naik supported us,” Marathe said at a press conference in Panaji.

    The RSS political wing BJP is the only party which provides all the expenses when it comes terror blast like Mecca Masjid andl also provides legal help.

    Mecca Masjid bomb: CBI questions RSS leader
    http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/article173331.ece?service=print

    So one can guess ‘Saffron terror’ suspects never get convicted but demand hanging of Muslim only convict is supported for political advantage.

    Jai hind

    • Sharia Shaikh,
      You seem to be going thru some challenging times!! The post is on US-India trade. Why are you posting all those links on Sanathana Samstha and others? Read my post again – Are you against increased trade between US and India? Also, do you consider Pakistan as an enemy state or not? We all know your answer. I’m just trying to see if you have the courage to acknowledge your true motives and loyalty on this forum.

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