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US identifies India as partner in addressing global challenges: Clinton

world Updated: Jul 16, 2009 11:01 IST

The US has identified India as a major emerging global power along with Russia, China and Turkey, with whom it wants to build a partnership to address the global challenges like climate change, terrorism, recession and non-proliferation.

"We will put special emphasis on encouraging major and emerging global powers: China, India, Russia and Brazil, as well as Turkey, Indonesia and South Africa to be full partners in tackling the global agenda," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

"I want to underscore the importance of this task and my personal commitment to it. These States are vital to achieving solutions to the shared problems and advancing our priorities, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism, economic growth, climate change among others," she said.

"With these states, we will stand firm on our principles even as we seek common ground," Clinton said in a major foreign policy speech at the Council on Foreign Affairs, a Washington-based think-tank, on the eve of her trip to India and Thailand.

During her travel to India this week, Clinton said she and her Indian counterpart S M Krishna will lay out a broad-based agenda that calls for a whole of government approach to the bilateral relationship.