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Bush salutes India as strategic US partner

Speaking after talks with PM, Bush said the two leaders had discussed many issues including terrorism.

india Updated: Mar 03, 2006 18:44 IST

US President George W Bush paid glowing tribute on Thursday to burgeoning ties between Washington and New Delhi.

Bush declared India to be a strategic partner of the United States.

Speaking after talks with Manmohan Singh, Bush said the two leaders had discussed many issues including terrorism.

"India and America have built a strategic partnership based on common values," he told reporters.

"We are working as partners to make the world safer," Bush said, stressing bilateral cooperation in efforts to defeat terrorism.

"We are cooperating on the military front," he said, praising India's help in encouraging the development of democracy, notably in Afghanistan.

"We worked as partners responding to the tsunami," he said, referring to the tragedy that hit South Asia on December 26, 2004 killing tens of thousands.

He read a joint statement on behalf of both India and the United States criticising Myanmar's military junta and Nepal's warring Maoists and monarchy.

"Our discussions were more than just friendly handshakes," he said.

"We discussed important international relations. We are partners in peace. India and America have built a strategic partnership based on common values."

After announcing that a historic civilian nuclear deal had been struck between India and the United States, he said: "Our relationship is changing dramatically."