US eager to tie-up with 'global power' India
Following the civil nuclear deal, Uncle Sam is looking forward to relations with India in trade and regional security.india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 11:46 IST
After the civil nuclear deal, the United States looks forward to further expanding relations with India in areas ranging from trade to regional security as with any 'global power or ally'.
"Well, obviously India is a large, booming, vital country with a rapidly expanding economy, and we are delighted to be having closer and continuing closer relationships with the government of India and the people of India," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters on Friday.
"So there are now before us any number - there is regional security, trade, the normal set of challenges and opportunities that you'd have in dealing with any global power or ally," he added in response to a question about the future of India-US relations beyond the civil nuclear deal.
"But the Indian Civil Nuclear Treaty was obviously a very important signal to the people of India about the intent of this government and the people of the United States. We look forward to India being a closer and closer ally and an increasingly important one," Snow said.
However, he could not say anything about any exchange of visits at this point, though "I'm sure there will continue to be high level contacts."
First Published: Jan 06, 2007 09:59 IST