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India crucial to US success, says Huntsman

Describing India as a friend “critical to America’s success”, a leading US presidential aspirant has underlined the need for Washington to immediately start discussion with it on a bilateral free trade pact.

world Updated: Sep 02, 2011 01:35 IST

Describing India as a friend “critical to America’s success”, a leading US presidential aspirant has underlined the need for Washington to immediately start discussion with it on a bilateral free trade pact.

“Washington must also immediately start discussions with India to end in a bilateral free trade agreement strengthening our relationship with a friend who will prove to be critical to America’s success in the 21st century,” said Republican presidential aspirant Jon Huntsman.

“It is in the strategic interest of the United States to reach trade agreements with the world’s largest economies that share our values,” he said in a major policy speech on “job plan” in the country.

Huntsman came out with a number of proposals to boost American economy. “Thus, the US should take the lead in initiating free trade agreements with Japan, India and Taiwan, among others,” the proposal said.