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Obama visit took Indo-US relationship to a new level: Blake

world Updated: Nov 16, 2010 09:47 IST

US President Barack Obama's India visit has taken the relationship between the two nations to a new level and highlighted their growing co-operation, a top Obama administration official has said.

"Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh and President Obama really took relations between our two countries to a new level and highlighted the growing cooperation between the United States and India at all levels," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake said on Monday.

"President Obama and Prime Minister Singh took substantive and significant steps to expand and strengthen the US-India strategic partnership. The two leaders affirmed that the US-India relationship is indeed an indispensable partnership for the 21st century," he said.

Blake said the two leaders resolved to intensify cooperation to promote a secure and stable world, advance technology-sharing and innovation, expand mutual prosperity and global economic growth, exercise global leadership in support of economic development, open government and democratic values.

He said the big headline-maker was the President's endorsement in his Parliament speech of a reformed United Nations that includes India as a Permanent Member.

"The two leaders also agreed that US and Indian delegations in New York should intensify engagement as India joins the UN Security Council in January for a two-year term," Blake said.

To illustrate global partnership on non-proliferation, the US and India decided to take mutual steps to expand cooperation in civil space, defence and other high-technology sectors, he said adding that US removed the remaining Indian space and defence entities from the its Entity List.

"The US agreed to support India's full membership in the four multilateral export-control regimes -- the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Missile Technology Control Regime, the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement -- and to do so in a phased manner as India takes steps towards full adoption of the regime core requirements," Blake said.