Noting that the Indo-US relationship has developed "exponentially" in the last few years, Indian Ambassador to the US has said the ties with America is important to meet the development aspirations of India, as well as enhancing global peace and security.
"The India-US relationship, in the last few years, has developed exponentially. It is a very important relationship for India certainly, which we feel is essential for meeting our development aspirations, as well as for enhancing global peace and security, and meeting some of the common global challenges that we face," Ambassador Meera Shankar said.
The Indian Ambassador made these remarks during a conversation on "Natural Allies -- US-India Relations in the Obama Era", organised by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington-based think tank.
"It's our effort to try to take this relationship to the next level, building on the gains which were made and on the strong bipartisan support within the United States for building this relationship, as well as broad political support in the Indian polity for building this relationship," Shankar said.
The Indian Ambassador said Indo-US relationship now stands on its own merits and, from India's point of view, has to be viewed as such. There is an economic element, which has been growing substantially. Trade has doubled in the last four years, she observed.