India plays an “outsized role” in international affairs and it is a “core relationship” the US maintains, said a US state department spokesman today.
“It’s (India’s) playing an outsized role in global issues. And so I think we’re going to continue to work hard to strengthen that relationship going forward, no matter who’s president,” said Mark Toner, a spokesman of the US state department, at a daily press briefing.
He was responding to a question about where India-US relations are headed once US President-elect Donald Trump assumes office on January 20.
“I think in terms of where that relationship goes, the sky’s the limit, both economically, security, what have you…And I think the new administration was clearly recognizing – you’ve even seen some comments from the president-elect – of the importance that India plays not just in the region but in the global mix… And so I think we’re going to continue to work hard to strengthen that relationship going forward, no matter who’s president,” Toner explained.
He also talked about how the India-US relationship has flourished under outgoing US President Barack Obama’s tenure.
“I think that U.S.-India relations have been strengthened throughout these past eight years of the Obama Administration. It’s obviously a key – a core relationship for the United States,” Toner said.The US state department spokesman also responded to a question about alleged “terrorist safe havens” in Pakistan, which the Afghanistan government says are the cause of continued terror strikes on it.