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'Indo US relationship improved over last 20 years'

world Updated: Jul 11, 2009 10:05 IST

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The United States has said that its relationship with India has improved over the last 20 years and India is playing a growing role in world issues.

"Relations between the world's largest democracy and the world's oldest democracy have improved significantly over the last 20 years," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, P J Crowley, said yesterday.

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.

The upcoming visit of the US Secretary of State Hillary R Clinton to India, Crowley said, 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.