By Arun Kumar
Washington: India’s ambassador Nirupama Rao has said the close India-US relationship would become “even deeper and more rewarding engagement” during President Barack Obama’s second term.
Rao said, she believed that the leadership that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Obama “have imparted over the last four years, has moved India-US strategic partnership from a ‘consolidation’ phase into one of comprehensive and multifaceted engagement.”
“There is a rich and textured agenda ahead of us,” she said in her blog post on Obama’s re-election calling it “inspiring, and in some ways reminiscent of his historic win four years ago to become the 44th President of the United States.”
The shared vision of Singh and Obama “will continue to guide our close relationship to an even deeper and more rewarding engagement, even as it derives strong support from across the political spectrum in both our countries,” Rao said.
The ambassador said she was “constantly impressed by the fact that a silent revolution is taking place in the way India and the US engage with each other.”
“The depth and expanse of their mutually rewarding partnership, and the stakes both countries have built in each other’s success are unprecedented today,” she said.
“Our strategic partnership today is rich in content, comfort and candour. It also has an ever-increasing global relevance, making a difference beyond our shores, from Afghanistan to Africa,” Rao noted.
“There is increasing convergence in our foreign policy priorities,” she said noting, “We have shared approaches to some of the most complex regional and global challenges of our times.”