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Obama to use India visit to take ties to next level

Seizing a "new American moment", US President Barack Obama will use his November visit to India to take the relationship with an "indispensable" partner to the next level, says US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

world Updated: Sep 08, 2010 22:17 IST

Seizing a "new American moment", President Barack Obama will use his November visit to India to take the relationship with an "indispensable" partner to the next level, says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"The emerging powers represent a spectrum of interests and values," Clinton said Wednesday in a wide-ranging speech at the Council on Foreign Relations, outlining the Obama administration's foreign policy approach.

"India, for instance, is the world's largest democracy, a country with which the United States shares fundamental values and a broad range of national interests," Clinton said talking about efforts "to deepen engagement with these emerging centres of influence".

"That convergence of values and interests has helped us to lay the foundation of an indispensable partnership," she said, adding that President Obama will use his visit in November to take the bilateral relationship to the next level.