US christens PM’s vision of India-US ties as ‘Modi Doctrine’

  • PTI, Washington
  • Updated: Jun 10, 2016 16:36 IST
US President Barack Obama talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a working dinner with heads of delegations of the Nuclear Security Summit in the East Room of the White House, in Washington on March 31, 2016. (AP Photo)

Describing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit as historic, the Obama administration has christened his vision of India-US ties that has overcome the “hesitations of history” and working for the betterment of the global good as “Modi Doctrine”.

“The most important outcome in my mind of the visit this week and of the years of effort that preceded it is the clear and compelling vision that was laid out by Prime Minister Modi before joint session of the US Congress,” Nisha Desai Biswal, assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, said.

“This vision which I have come to call the Modi Doctrine laid out a foreign policy that overcomes the hesitations of history and embraces the convergence between our two countries and our shared interests,” Biswal told a Washington audience.

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During Modi’s visit, the US said it now recognised India as a “major defence partner” and would grant technological access similar to the one given to its closest allies, a move hailed as a big leap in bilateral ties.

The US also reiterated its support for India’s NSG bid, for which Modi thanked “my friend Obama”.

Biswal, the Obama administration’s point person for south and central Asia, made the comments during a discussion on Security and Strategic Outcomes from the Modi Visit organised on?Thursday by the Heritage Foundation, an American think tank, and India Foundation, a New Delhi based think-tank.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shake hands with members of the Indian community in Washington. (AP)

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Modi’s speech, she said furthered his bold vision of India-US partnership that could bring peace, prosperity and stability from Asia to Africa and help ensure the security of the sea lanes ensuring freedom of navigation and commerce.

“This Modi Doctrine notes that the absence of an agreed security architecture creates uncertainty in Asia and reiterates India’s adherence to and calls for others support for international laws and norms,” Biswal said.

The Obama administration’s recognised India as key balancing factor in Asia.

She said the strategic vision issued last year laid out mutual goals and interests in the Indo-Pacific region as well as the globe. The two sides were implementing the road map to achieve the goals.

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In his remarks, US ambassador to India Richard Verma said the US welcomed and shared Modi’s vision.

“We have made a clear and strategic choice to support India’s transition to become, as foreign secretary S Jaishankar has articulated, a leading power. Our actions, as security partners in every sense of the word, speak to this endeavour,” he said.

The US saw India as a leading power capable of upholding international norms and support what defence secretary Dan Carter called a ‘principled security network’ in Asia, he said. “A leading power that can grow its economy while at the same time demonstrating global leadership on clean energy and climate,” he said.

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