India considers its relationship with the US as a top foreign policy priority as the partnership is destined to have a strong impact on global stability, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told President Barack Obama today.
"Mr President, we consider the mutually beneficial relationship with the United States to be one of our foremost foreign policy priorities," Krishna said in his remarks at a reception hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in his honour.
In a rare gesture, Obama also attended the reception for Krishna, ignoring protocols. "There are few relationships in the world that have so much potential as India-US relations, because I believe that our cooperation is not only for mutual benefit, but is destined to have a strong impact on global peace, prosperity and stability in the 21st century," he said.
Describing his meetings with US officials in Washington as "very productive meetings," Krishna said during the Strategic Dialogue, the two sides reviewed progress in all areas of ongoing cooperation, while discussing the vision and "road map" for the future.
"We also discussed how we would work together to realise the immense potential of our cooperation across the spectrum of human endeavours from strategic cooperation to sustainable growth and economic and developmental partnerships to achieve real benefits for our peoples, and for the world," he said.
Krishna said India looks forward to a stable and prosperous future for the Asia-Pacific region defined by cooperation, openness and inclusion, as a peaceful and stable South Asia is critical for India's development and security. "Mr President, we are pleased that you, with your deep personal links with the Asia-Pacific region, are taking strong interest in the future of this rapidly evolving region," he said.
"We believe that India can be a dependable anchor of the region's growth," Krishna asserted. Referring to Afghanistan, Krishna said India is committed to that country's development and supporting the Afghan people in their efforts to build capacity and assume the rightful responsibilities for governance, security and development. "With international support, they will succeed in their efforts," he said. Earlier at a joint press availability with Clinton at the State Department, Krishna noted that there are few relationships in the world that have so much potential as India-US relations.