Obama Administration making strategic bet on India: Biswal

The Obama administration is making a ‘strategic bet’ on India as it has a vital role to play at the global stage, a top American official has said as the US moves towards implementing its ‘rebalance to Asia’.

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told lawmakers that ‘India has vital role to play in South Asia, in the Asia Pacific, and, increasingly at the global stage’.

Her comments came ahead ahead of an important visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to attend the India-US Strategic Dialogue on July 31 in New Delhi. Testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s subcommittee on the Asia and the Pacific, she said India’s rise as a regional and global leader, and its economic and strategic growth, are deeply in the US interest.

Highly appreciative of India’s ‘Look East’ Policy and its engagement with Southeast Asia and East Asia, at a time of opening in Myanmar, Biswal insisted this is the reason why the United States is making the ‘strategic bet’ on India.

Asserting that the Obama Administration is committed to a ‘strong and influential India’ in the security realm, Biswal said India is a regional and emerging global power, as well as provider of security and a strategic partner with shared interests from the Indian Ocean to Afghanistan and beyond.


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