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Congressional resolution introduced to strengthen Indo-US ties

The resolution says US-India relationship is rooted in common values, including democracy, respect for ethnic and religious diversity. ( Source: Reuters ) The resolution says US-India relationship is rooted in common values, including democracy, respect for ethnic and religious diversity. ( Source: Reuters )
Press Trust of India | Washington | Posted: June 1, 2014 1:22 pm

Congratulating people of India on holding the largest democratic exercise of the world, a bipartisan resolution has been introduced in the US Congress to strengthen Indo-US ties under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The resolution (No 607), which was introduced in the US House of Representatives this week, says it will seek to further strengthen America’s strategic partnership with India, including in the defense, trade, and security arenas.

“India has always been an important and strategic American ally. Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to maximum governance and minimum government promises to strengthen this relationship through more enduring diplomatic ties, mutually beneficial trade in goods and services, and cultural collaboration with the United States,” said Congressman Aaron Schock while announcing the resolution.

The resolution is co-sponsored by 12 senior lawmakers including, Cynthia Lummis, Cathy M Rodgers, Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Sessions, Brad Sharman, George Holding, Patrick Murphy, Ed Royce, Eliot Engel, Ami Bera, Joe Crowley an Peter Roskam.

“In my visit with Prime Minister Modi last year, I saw firsthand the economic prospects that his vision for India could foster for the Illinois business community. The rise of Narendra Modi is a welcome development to freedom-loving people everywhere, and India’s historic election underscores the virtues of democracy, pro-growth economic policies, and robust international trade,” Schock said.

The resolution says US-India relationship is rooted in common values, including democracy, respect for ethnic and religious diversity, and the rule of law and is further strengthened by strong people-to-people ties.

It says the Congress will seek to further strengthen our strategic partnership with India, including in the defense, trade, and security arenas.

The resolution says the new government’s commitment to efficient governance, respect for the rule of law, and strong alliances with strategic partners like the United States will benefit India and the United States-India partnership.

Recognising the critical role India plays in maintaining regional and global stability, it says Indian foreign direct investment in the US economy has surpassed USD 5 billion, creating and supporting thousands of United States jobs.

“Prime Minister Modi has the opportunity to lead the world’s largest democracy and unleash its economic potential to benefit the people of India as well as the citizens of its partners across the globe. I look forward to the United States and the House of Representatives working hand in hand with India under Modi’s leadership,” said Congressman Sessions.

Sherman said, “the US-India relationship is based on the shared values of democracy, individual freedom, religious pluralism, and economic prosperity.”

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