Ties between US and India has continued to be “strong and vibrant,” Biswal said.
US India Business Council President Nisha Desai Biswal stated that the ties between India and the United States has continued to be “strong and vibrant” and claimed that 2021 will provide significant opportunities to deepen and broaden this tie while she stressed that the long due US-India mini trade deal should be the top priority of the incoming Biden administration.
“Although the United States and India weren’t able to see a mini trade deal launched, they did see that the robust strategic partnership was continuing to be advanced throughout the year,” said the USIBC President during an interview with Press Trust of India (PTI) on Thursday. She said how the two countries have such a strong relationship which has been the case in the prior administration, in the current administration and she is confident it will be the same in the next one as well.
Biswal observed how the bilateral has continued to grow due to close coordination between the countries on global and regional issues, defense ties, further strengthening of the QUAD grouping (India, The United States, Australia, and Japan) in the Indo-Pacific, and the third 2+2 ministerial. She further notes that such progress hasn’t been witnessed on the trade front. “That is something both countries will need to reflect on 2021 perhaps provide some important opportunities to broaden the US-India partnership, continue the deep strategic convergence and broaden the partnership to reflect on some additional areas of opportunity,” she said. India and the United States are currently working to smoothen the differences on trade issues to boost economic ties.
Biswal also noted how India has made huge investments in clean, solar, and renewable energy and since climate change is a main focus of the Biden administration, it may prove to be another key area where India and the United States will be able to cooperate.
Another point she made is how the two countries have proved during the Covid-19 pandemic that the importance of working together for the benefit of their own people but globally as well. Biswal who is her role as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia played an important role to deepen India-US ties during the second term of the Obama administrations.