The US ambassador to India Richard Verma said his country’s ties with India enjoy bipartisan support and Donald Trump’s presidency could bring in another four years of “robust US-India Dosti” soon after the Republican defeated Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.
Verma said ties that bind the two countries together are built on “shared democratic values,” and go beyond the “friendship of the American President and the Indian Prime Minister.”
The envoy was addressing a gathering assembled on the embassy campus as the United States elected Donald Trump as its 45th president.
“The US-India relationship is vitally important, it is bipartisan and it is only growing stronger. Here’s to another four years of robust US-India Dosti,” the ambassador said.
Last week, Trump called India a “key strategic” and “natural” ally, and promised Indian Americans that he would take bilateral ties to a new high if made US president, and even boost intelligence sharing in the fight against terrorism.
“No relationship will be more important” and the two countries will be “best friends”, he told a gathering of the Indian diaspora at an event sponsored by the Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC) to raise money for victims of terrorism.
Trump also spoke glowingly of Prime Minister Narendra Modi -- a “great man”, whose “energetic” bureaucratic reforms he would like to emulate -- high praise from a candidate known for disparaging rivals.
Verma said the gathering was to celebrate an individual winner as well as to honour the American democratic election process as a whole and to witness that process in action.
“Whether Democrat, Republican, Independent, Red or Blue on the political map, this is something fundamental to our values and to our core as Americans. And it’s something, I’m sure, that can be appreciated by all of us here – from both the oldest democracy in the world and the largest democracy in the world,” the envoy said.
India did not officially endorsed either Trump or Clinton but has seen a warming in bilateral ties between outgoing President Barack Obama and PM Modi.