Favouring inclusion of India and China in the G-8 group of industrialised nations, former US Assistant Secretary of State Karl F Inderfurth said the two countries would change the geo-political landscape of the world in the coming decade.
Speaking on the Indo-US relationship under the new Obama administration, Inderfurth described the two countries as "natural allies". He said the relationship should explore the full economic potential and should work together for maintaining peace in the region.
"Both India and China should be part of the G-8 group. It is my personal view that the two countries would change the geo-political landscape of the world by 2020," Inderfurth said at an interaction with members of CII.
The G8 comprises the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Italy and Russia.
Inderfurth also favoured a permanent seat for India in an expanded UN Security Council.
"With the size of the country, its economy and contribution, its importance... Makes it (India) a natural candidate as permanent member of the Security Council," the former top diplomat said.
On the Mumbai attacks, he said, Pakistan should respond positively to what has happened and the "strong relationship" of the US with Pakistan could be used positively.
He also urged India to resolve the political issues in the ongoing conflict in Sri Lanka.
Inderfurth also favoured greater cooperation in the field of nuclear power and in allowing US universities to collaborate in India in agriculture.