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US Congressional Caucus welcomes Arun K Singh, says India’s rise is in US’ interest

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Washington: US lawmakers and officials have highlighted the importance of India-US relationship, with the administration’s points-person for South Asia saying India’s rise is in US’ interest and a strong US is in India’s interest.

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The officials made the comments at a Congressional Reception organized by Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans at the Capitol Hill on Wednesday to welcome Arun K. Singh on his taking over as India’s ambassador to the US.

The event was hosted by senators Mark Warner and John Cornyn, Democratic and Republican co-chairs respectively of the Caucus.

Speaking at the event, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal, noted that India’s rise is in US’ interest and a strong US is in India’s interest.

Praising the leadership of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she recapitulated the successful bilateral summits.

She reiterated Modi’s remarks that the strong, bipartisan India-US relationship benefits not only its citizens but also the world.

Welcoming Singh, who previously served as deputy chief of mission here, back to Washington, both Warner and Cornyn spoke warmly of Singh’s contributions in promoting India-US relations.

Warner reiterated his commitment to promoting India-US ties. Cornyn highlighted the strong relationship between India and US being ‘world’s largest’ and ‘world’s oldest’ democracies which are bound by common values.

Thanking Warner and Cornyn for their leadership at the Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans, Singh noted the important contributions made by the Caucus to bring the people and governments of the two countries closer.

He described the bipartisan support for India-US relations in the US Congress as a source of strength for the India-US strategic partnership that now spans almost all dimensions of human endeavor.

The event was attended by a number of US senators, senior officials of US administration, leaders of the Indian American community from across the US, as well as by members of the media, the think tank community and academia.

Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans is a bipartisan group of Senators founded in 2004 by Cornyn and the then Senator from New York and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

(IANS)

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Indian Ambassador lauds Indian American community at PBD

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Washington: The transformational role played by the Indian-American community in the development of India-US relations and its future potential were underscored by India’s Ambassador to the US Arun K. Singh.

Opening an event to celebrate the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas at the Indian embassy here on Friday, he also highlighted the importance of the day.

The event was well attended with enthusiastic participation by the Indian American community members representing various sectors including the government, business, professionals, artists, journalists and students.

Swadesh Chatterjee, a Padma Bhushan awardee from North Carolina, gave a talk on “Building Bridges: How Indian Americans Brought the US and India closer together”.

Chatterjee recently published a book highlighting the contribution of Indian Americans in various fields including energy cooperation.

Satyam Priyadarshy, president of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), which has 61 chapters across 17 countries, spoke on “India’s Flagship Projects and Indian Americans: Promising Possibilities”.

He also underscored the ways in which the Indian-American community can contribute to the India’s organically connected flagship projects like Smart City Mission, Skill India, Digital India, Make In India and Swachh Bharat. (IANS)

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