US says India key partner in America's efforts to ensure peace, stability, prosperity in Indo-Pacific region

Ahead of an announcement for development in the Indo Pacific, US senior policy advisor Brian Hook says that the US has been focussed on bettering relations with India.

Press Trust of India July 30, 2018 12:23:00 IST
US says India key partner in America's efforts to ensure peace, stability, prosperity in Indo-Pacific region

Washington: 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.

US says India key partner in Americas efforts to ensure peace stability prosperity in IndoPacific region

File image of Brian Hook, senior policy advisor to the US Secretary of State. YouTube

Brian Hook, senior policy advisor to the US Secretary of State, said that 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 and India. And there's so much more good work to come,” he added.

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.

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