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India key partner of US in Indo-Pacific region: Trump administration

Brian Hook, senior policy Advisor to the US Secretary of State, said US and India are cooperating with other partners, especially Japan, Australia and South Korea to advance their shared vision of the Indo-Pacific.

world Updated: Jul 30, 2018 12:31 IST
Indo-Pacific region,India-US relations,US
File photo of India and US flags during India Day Parade in New York.(REUTERS)

India is a key partner in America’s efforts to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, the Trump administration has said.

The remarks by a senior US diplomat came ahead of the announcement by the US of initiatives for development and economic assistance in the entire region.

Brian Hook, senior policy Advisor to the US Secretary of State, said the US and India are not only working bilaterally, but also cooperating with other like-minded partners, especially Japan, Australia and South Korea to advance their shared vision of the Indo-Pacific.

“India is a key partner in our efforts to ensure that the entire Indo-Pacific region is a region of peace, stability and growing prosperity. We work very closely with India (in this regard),” Hook told reporters during a conference call.

“I would say last year and a half of this administration has been a great deal of focus on deepening economic, security and diplomatic ties between the United States in India. And there’s so much more good work to come,” Hook said.

Observing that India and the US share enduring interests and values as the oldest and largest democracies, the top American diplomat said that India-US partnership is rooted in shared democratic values.

“When you look at the democracies spanning the Indo-Pacific region, from the US, India, Japan, and other very strong democracies that span the Indo-Pacific, we share an interest in advancing security and prosperity in the region,” Hook said.

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 11:59 IST