In yet another sign of deepening relationship between India and the United States, the Friends of Indian Caucus in the US Senate is holding a rare Congressional reception for the new Indian Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar.
The reception, to be attended by top Senators from both the Republican and Democratic parties, is scheduled to be hosted by the Friends of India Caucus in the US Senate on July 28 at the Capitol.
"In the 111th Congress, the US Senate India Caucus will continue to serve as a forum for US Senators and Indian leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest," John Cornyn, the Republican Senator from Texas, told PTI.
Cornyn is Co-Chair of the Senate India Caucus found on April 30, 2004 - the last day of the then Indian Ambassador to the US, Lalit Mansingh. Senator Chris Dodd is the other Co-Chair of the caucus from the Democratic Party, a position which was held by Hillary Clinton before she was appointed as the US Secretary of State by President Barack Obama.
Looking forward to working with Shankar, Cornyn hoped that the US President will not lose sight of the tremendous importance of bolstering US ties with India, even it is clear the Obama Administration considers the US-China relationship to be a highly important one.