The US sees Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's planned visit to India later this month as a "tremendous opportunity" to deepen the relationship between the two countries and expand New Delhi's role in world affairs.
"It (Clinton's visit) is a tremendous opportunity to expand and deepen the relationship between the United States and India not just in a bilateral standpoint, but also seeing how India can play a much more significant role on a multilateral basis as well," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley said.
He was replying to questions on Clinton's visit to India.
Crowley said the US' relationship with India has improved over the last 20 years and that New Delhi is playing a major role in global issues.
"Relations between the world's largest democracy and the world's oldest democracy have improved significantly over the last 20 years," he said.
India, Crowley said at the State Department briefing, is playing a vastly more significant role on issues ranging from climate change to non-proliferation, extremism, global economy and food security.