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'India-US tie-up has huge scope'

A Task Force focuses on what lies in India's long-term national interest and its cooperation with US on terrorism.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 22:29 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

There is a "phenomenal" convergence of interests between India and the United States that could be built upon as a consequence to the strategic tie-up over their nuclear deal, a Task Force on Global Strategic Developments constituted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has concluded.

The report of the task force, headed by strategic affairs analyst K Subrahmanyam, has dealt extensively with the nature of India-US partnership and what to expect from the tactical collaboration between the two countries.

The report, submitted its report to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) two months ago, focuses on what lies in India's long-term national interest and other aspects relating to cooperating with the US on democracy initiatives, on the energy issue and on dealing with terror.

"The basic thrust of the report is how to deal with the US and on what to expect as the convergence of interests is phenomenal. It is up to the PMO to make the report public now," Subrahmanyam said.

"We have extrapolated on the balance of power game between both countries and arrived at our own strategic assessments," said another task force member.

Set up in November last year to study the implications of global realties for India's future, the task force also looks at US motivations for seeking a partnership with India and how best India can leverage it for better bargains.

First Published: Sep 19, 2006 20:14 IST