US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday lauded the "incredible contribution" of Indian Americans in her country and said the people to people relationship was at the heart of the ties between the two countries.
Clinton, who came to Kolkata from Dhaka on Sunday, said in 2011, 35% of all L1 work visas in the US had been issued to Indians. Addressing a gathering at the La Martiniere school, she said more than 100,000 Indian students were studying in the US.
"So many links between us, we want to promote even more," Clinton said.
In her opening remarks, she also recalled Rabindranath Tagore. "I discovered him when I was in college."
She recalled his quote "Age considers youth ventures".
She will be in the Indian capital on Monday after meeting West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.