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Rise of India's civilian power complements US efforts: Blake

Ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to India next month, a top US official has said the rise of India's civilian power on the global stage will complement its efforts at rationalising foreign policy and emphasizing US civilian power overseas.

world Updated: Oct 16, 2010 10:47 IST

Ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to India next month, a top US official has said the rise of India's civilian power on the global stage will complement its efforts at rationalising foreign policy and emphasizing US civilian power overseas.

"The rise of India's civilian power on the global stage will complement our own efforts at rationalising foreign policy and emphasizing US civilian power overseas," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said.

"We will see India emerge as a global leader as it occupies a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council from 2011-2013," Blake said in his speech to the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs.

"We look forward to working with India on critical global issues such as thwarting Iran's nuclear weapons programme, fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, and reinforcing human rights around the world," he said according to the copy of the speech provided by the State Department.

"We won't agree on everything, but our common values will ensure that our policies increasingly mirror each other," Blake said as he briefed the Baltimore-based think tank on the increasing strategic relationship between India and the US.

"As two of the world's leading democracies, we can help build a new global commons – an international system in which other democracies can flourish, human dignity is advanced, poverty is reduced, trade is expanded, our environment is preserved, violent extremists are marginalised, the spread of weapons of mass destruction is curbed, and new frontiers in science and technology are explore.

That is the moment, and the promise, that lies before us," Blake said.

"That is why President Obama hosted Prime Minister Singh to the White House last year for the first State visit of his Administration, when he called the US-India relationship one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century," he said.

"As part of the effort to give more definition to the partnership, President Obama and Secretary Clinton established a Strategic Dialogue last year, which was convened for the first time in June in Washington," he said

He further added that the purpose of the Dialogue is to give senior-level strategic direction to the many working groups and dialogues already in progress, and to conceive new initiatives that will further propel the two countries towards prosperity.

"The Dialogue already has cemented closer cooperation on education, agriculture, clean energy, counter-terrorism, space exploration, food assistance, and other activities.

In a few weeks, in early November, President Obama will make a three-day visit to India that will mark another seminal milestone in our bilateral relations," Blake said.