Panaji: The improved Indo-US relationship goes back many years and has seen multiple heads of state from different parties in both countries and the shared bond is no longer the property of one person, or party on either side, US Consul General for Mumbai Edgard Kagan said on Friday.
Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Kagan also said that the US was looking for increased interaction at a people-to-people level and keen on looking at economic relationship with India with a strategic perspective.
"When you look at the US-India relationship, it is to my mind what's striking that this sort of improvement in ties goes back to 1999-2000. For us it started under President Clinton and under Prime Minister Vajpayee for India. In US we are now on our fourth President who has made real efforts to really focus on improving relationships. India has its third Prime Minister," he said.
"In both countries we have had governments from both parties, all committed to improving the relationship. So, for us I think the important thing is that this is not the property of one person, or one party on either side. This is bi-partisan with India's two major parties and multiple Prime Ministers and multiple Presidents from the two US parties all showing a commitment to improving the relationship," Kagan said.
He said that one of the indicators of the improved relations was the increase in bilateral 4trade from $30 billion in 2003-04 to $110--115 billion last year.
Kagan also met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Governor Mridula Sinha during his brief visit to the coastal state.
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Updated Date: Jan 19, 2018 20:14:46 IST