Noting that there was growing "convergence" in national interests of India and the US, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said the two countries "must work together" to effectively tackle the multiple challenges confronting the world.
"The India-US partnership can promote global cooperation in dealing with issues that the world has to face together,
whether it is hunger, global security and terrorism, nuclear disarmament, climate change or spread of pandemics," he said.
Singh said he saw the future of the India-US partnership with "confidence and optimism".
"There is a growing convergence in our national interests, both within bilateral framework and on regional and
global issues," the prime minister said in his address to the Council on Foreign Relations, a Washington-based think tank.
The changes in global economic and political structures and the growing interdependence among nations on Tuesday offer the two countries an opportunity to look beyond bilateral engagement "to establish a strategic partnership of global dimensions," he said in the presence of city's top intellectuals.
"If we are to effectively tackle the multiple challenges that confront the world, India and the United States, as two leading democracies, must work together," he asserted, adding the immediate challenge before the two countries is to bring the world to full recovery from global economic crisis.