Identifying India as a major emerging power, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday said the US is laying the foundation for an "indispensable partnership" with the country and this effort would be bolstered during President Barack Obama's November visit.
"We are laying the foundation for an indispensable partnership," Clinton said in her major foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Relations – a Washington-based think-tank.
She identified India as a major emerging power along with China, Brazil and Turkey and said Obama's India visit in November would further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
Obama is scheduled to visit India in November this year to take the bilateral relationship between the US and India to new heights. The US President had been saying that he was looking forward to his India visit.
In her speech, Clinton said it is a moment for the United States at the international stage and it is for the US to seize the moment.
"We will seize this new moment of opportunity this new American Moment. We are a nation that has always believed we have the power to shape our own destiny, to cut a new and better path," she said.
Clinton asserted that the US would lead the world in the 21st century.
"We are advancing America's interests and making progress on some of our most pressing challenges. Today we can say with confidence that this model of American leadership works, and that it offers our best hope in a dangerous world," she said.
"Today, more than ever, our ability to exercise global leadership depends on building a strong foundation at home," Clinton said.