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Indo-US deal proof of trust: UPA

The UPA government has regarded the 'transformation of India-US relationship' as one of its principal achievements.

india Updated: May 22, 2006 22:18 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The United Progressive Alliance government, which completed two years on Monday, has regarded "the transformation of the India-US relationship" as one of its principal achievements, the nuclear deal with the US being "proof of trust and goodwill."

"The transformation of the India-US relationship has been one of the more significant developments in India's diplomatic outreach," said a report brought out to commemorate the Congress-led alliance's two years in power.

"The decision of the two governments to work to achieve full civil nuclear energy cooperation is proof of a relationship of trust and goodwill," added the document titled 'Report to the People'.

The government has also congratulated itself for "forging strategic relationship" with other major powers of the world, including Russia, Japan and the European Union, and on "India's emerging role and status in the last two eventful years".

"India has entered into strategic partnerships with the US, Russia, Japan and the European Union, and is pursuing strategic cooperation with China, thus enlarging India's policy choices and developmental options," says the report, which among other things, enumerates major foreign policy initiatives of the Manmohan Singh government.

The report is cautiously optimistic about the prospect of the peace process with Pakistan and the opening of new transport routes and trade avenues between the two countries, but underlines that bilateral relations can thrive only "in an atmosphere free from violence and terrorism".

The government is also confident that "a forward-looking approach" can help resolve the border question with China and alludes to "substantive upgrading of our bilateral dialogue on the boundary question" during Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's visit to India last year.

The report also enumerates the government's initiatives in expanding the country's engagement with the East-Asian countries, as reflected by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Kuala Lumpur last year to attend the East Asia Summit, the Middle East, Africa and other developing countries.

The UPA's sense of India's place in the new power equations is quite confident and assured as the report talks about expansion of the UN Security Council and the need for "a peaceful and supportive international environment conducive to India's development goals".

Despite America's coldness towards India's Security Council ambitions, the government has a positive view of its campaign for a permanent seat in the council along with other G4 countries - Brazil, Japan and Germany.

"India's engagement with the rest of the world community has grown notably, as it has become ever more important to ensure a peaceful and supportive international environment conducive to India's development goals," says the report, as it alludes to the government's pragmatism and adaptability in responding to the "rapidly changing global environment".

First Published: May 22, 2006 11:46 IST

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