Indian Diplomat Harsh Shringla Lauds India Caucus for Boosting Indian-American TiesFebruary 08, 2019 07:40
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An Indian diplomat and current Indian Ambassador to the United States Harsh Vardhan Shringla has lauded the role of powerful Congressional Indian caucus strengthening and deepening India-U.S. ties.
Speaking at a Congressional Reception at Capitol Hill on Thursday evening hosted by the co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, Shringla said India has counted every step of the way.
The event was attended by a record number of 60 members of U.S. House of Representatives and Senators, including John Cornyn and Mark Warner, who are co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus; Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, Indian American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal.
Praising the "understanding" of U.S. lawmakers to steer the countries "ever closer together", the Indian diplomat said: "Many in this room will recall the sterling role played by the India caucus in getting us past the finish line on the landmark civil nuclear agreement."
Referring to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi's address to the joint session of the U.S. Congress that the Indo-U.S. ties have "overcome the hesitations of history", Shringla said he was looking forward to the same comfort, convergence and candour while working closely with members of Congress, particularly the India Caucus.
"Our synergies and similarities are immense. Our values and love of freedom identical. The spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, and high regard to family and community define the best of both of our peoples," Shringla said.
Senator Cornyn said the bipartisan group of more than 30 Senators who form the Senate India Caucus were working to promote India-U.S. relationship. India and the U.S. have a "unique relationship" which is based on shared values and opportunities that are presented in this very dangerous world.
It was in 2004 that the Cornyn and the then Senator Hillary Clinton founded the Senate India caucus. It is the largest bilateral caucus in the U.S. Senate, Senator Warner said.
"We look forward to the continued success of the caucus and continue growing friendship between India and the United States," he said. India is an important ally of the United States and the Indian American community has played a very important role in this, said Congressman Steny Hoyer.
"The contribution that the Indian community has made to America is immense," he said. Gabbard, this month launched her 2020 presidential campaign, called for building on the momentum of the relationship between the two countries.
"There are so many areas of common interest, so many areas of potential. So I have no doubt that with this bipartisan group that's gathered here from both the house and the Senate, we will continue to do that work," she said.
Referring to his recent meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Congressman George Holding said in the last two years the India Caucus was able to work successfully in strengthening the military to military relationship.
"I think we're going to have a good opportunity to sell more U.S. military equipment to India," he said. "I think we can look forward to great U.S. companies furthering their relationships than India, such as Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and many others. And with that more Indian companies strengthening their relationship here in the United States," he added.
"We look forward to building our alliances and the Indo Pacific region and there's no ally that we have in the region that better mirrors the similar values of a strong democracy and freedom," Holding said.
Congressman Brad Sherman, who is currently also the chairman of Asia subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said he was a strong supporter of strengthening India-U.S. relationship.