With the Donald Trump administration set to take over the administration in Washington from next year, US Ambassador to India Richard R Verma on Wednesday said that there would be no impact on the “upward trajectory” of Indo-US bilateral ties. He also said the world would be “prosperous and safer” if India and US remained the “closest of friends and partners”.
“The gains have been made through many years, with both Republican and Democratic governments. The Indo-US relationship is a non partisan relationship…It will continue to be a top tier issue and I will also say, success begets success,” said Verma at a press conference in Kolkata.
The success, that Verma hoped, includes, apart from advances made in trade, economics and education, the ‘Major Defence Partner’ status accorded to India and ‘Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement’ (Lemoa).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been accused of ignoring Parliament by not tabling major agreements with US that could mark a “shift from India’s independent foreign policy”.
Verma, however maintained, that the memorandum, allowing “supply of fueling right” through a “one stop agreement” for sharing of fuel and food was a “good recognition” of how far ties between the two countries had progressed.
Verma also added that while the US shares a “complex” relationship Pakistan, security relations with India are “far broader”.
He said the US secretary of defense has met no other world leader more often than the Indian defence minister in the past two years and that there was progress defence matters.
He added that while demonetisation scheme had “no impact on bilateral relations”, “We understand that the government is trying to crackdown on corruption and we understand that there’s been hardship on people. We have been trying to help local staff and we are going through it just like everyone else.”