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US counts India among friends at NAM

US hopes to join the vast majority of world's population in supporting greater freedom and democracy.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 12:29 IST

The United States is not represented at the Non-Aligned summit in Havana but considers India and Indonesia among a "lot of friends" who would support its vision of greater democracy and freedom.

While it was for the summit leaders to decide how productive the gathering is, the US would hope that they would join the vast majority of the world's population in supporting greater freedom, greater democracy and addressing the plight of those who are less well-off, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said on Wednesday.

"Certainly President Bush has a vision how to do that and I think it has a fair degree of support. We have a lot of friends who are represented at this meeting, Indonesia, India among them, some of the founders of the Non-Aligned Movement," he said giving his reaction to the summit.

It's a gathering that has its origins in another era and it's really up to the participants and the member states to see what it is that they make of this gathering of heads of state, heads of government and other representatives, McCormack added.

The 14th NAM summit in Havana is from September 11-16.