At the close of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's meetings with the Government of India July 20, 2009, the two governments issued a joint statement regarding their intentions to accelerate the growth of their bilateral relationship to enhance global prosperity and stability in the 21st century. The two governments outlined a Strategic Dialogue that will focus on five principal pillars: strategic cooperation; energy and climate change; education and development; economics, trade and agriculture; science and technology, health and innovation. Through a coherent structure of bilateral working groups, the two governments will address a wide range of issues with the goal of producing concrete results.
Strategic cooperation working groups will address nonproliferation, counterterrorism and military cooperation. Here are some of the activities between the two governments that are advancing strategic cooperation.
Assistant Secretary Robert Blake talks to India media at the SAARC summit 2010
The South Asian region is probably the most important region in the world for the United States right now. Not only because of Afghanistan and Pakistan, but also because of our growing partnership with India.
Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg who is on his first visit to India as Deputy Secretary, meets Ambassador Roemer, April 20, 2010
Deputy Secretary Steinberg is meeting with government officials and other political figures, and business, civil society, and opinion leaders in New Delhi and Kolkata.
Ambassador Roemer praises Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Nuclear Summit participation, April 13, 2010.
"We recognize that Prime Minister Singh shares President Obama's bold vision for a nuclear weapons-free world, and applaud India's robust track record on nuclear nonproliferation issues. India's announcement of its intention to open a "Global Center for Nuclear Energy Partnership in India" with a special focus on training and research on safety, security, and proliferation prevention, demonstrates its commitment to leadership in this area."
Assistant Secretary Blake on strategic cooperation - U.S. and Indian cement cooperation in war on terror
In a speech at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs February 18, 2010, U.S. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake said, "A critical component of the strategic cooperation framework is, of course, counterterrorism. You've seen our two countries cooperate more and more, particularly since the horrific November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which the Indians refer to as '26/11'. Prime Minister Singh also shares the President's far-reaching vision for a nuclear weapons-free world. Our broader challenge is to strengthen the global non-proliferation system and I think this is an area where the United States and India can work more closely as partners".
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates Press Conference, 20 January 2010
"The emergence of India as a global power and the development of the U.S.-India relationship is one of the great success stories of the last two decades. The last time I came to New Delhi was as part of the Bush administration. Now as a member of the Obama administration I am struck by how much our commitment to India over the last two years has grown, demonstrating that our shared values transcend any changes in our respective governments."
India key partner on way forward in Afghanistan and Pakistan, December 2, 2009
Following President Barack Obama's December 1 announcement of the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer said, "Our core goal in Afghanistan and Pakistan -- to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat terrorist networks -- is an aspiration we share with India."
U.S. Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer renews commitment to fight terrorism on 26/11 Anniversary, November 25, 2009
"Today, we honor the memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks which occurred in Mumbai one year ago. We remember the heroism of the many men and women who risked their lives to save others. I have personally heard the stories of many courageous people when I stayed at the Taj Mahal Hotel this summer."
President Obama and Prime Minister Singh agree to Advancing Global Security and Countering Terrorism, November 24, 2009
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama renewed their commitment to expand cooperation on strategic issues facing both countries and the world. They acknowledged the common threat that international terrorism poses to their homelands and to regional and global security. The numerous bilateral dialogues conducted over the last several months, the two leaders' discussions today, and the continuing actions that both countries will be taking as a result of these comprehensive meetings reflect the extensive and growing strategic partnership between the United States and India.
Prime Minister Singh the first state guest to the United States, November 24, 2009
In Washington D.C. for Prime Minister Singh's state visit, U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer remarked, "Today the United States and India launched a new global partnership based on mutual interests, shared values, and a warm friendship. Together, our two nations will shape the 21st century and meet the most pressing global challenges confronting our planet."
U.S.-Indian Army Exercise Yudh Abhyas largest U.S. Stryker deployment outside Iraq, Afghanistan, October 19, 2009
About 1,000 military personnel from the Indian and U.S. Army are participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2009. The exercise is taking place from October 12-29, in Babina, India.
U.S. Air Force, India conduct bilateral exercise, October 13, 2009
The U.S. and Indian air forces trained together during exercise Cope India Oct. 15-24 at Air Force Station Agra in Uttar Pradesh, India.
U.S. grant promotes development of India's helicopter sector, August 28, 2009
The U.S. Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, awarded a grant of Rupees 24 million (US$501,849) to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Government of India. This technical assistance grant is designed to help update India's standards and regulations governing helicopter operations and facilitate the expansion of safe and reliable helicopter services throughout India.
Military End Use Monitoring Agreement, July 20, 2009
External Affairs Minister Krishna announced the Indian government's agreement to End Use Monitoring arrangements for high technology military sales between India and the U.S. The agreement will boost India's ability to defend itself through the acquisition of U.S. defense equipment while promoting American high tech exports.