India and US have “very strong potential” to work together, says Secy of State nominee

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US President-elect Joe Biden nominated Antony Blinken as Secretary of State to serve in his administration in November. (Image Source: Twitter/Antony Blinken)

US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken said that “India has been a bipartisan success story” of the US successive administrations. 

US Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken on Tuesday said that Indian and the United States have “very strong potential” to work together and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been a “very strong advocate of renewable energy and different technologies.”

Blinken, who was speaking at his nomination confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said: “One area that has a lot of promise and necessity is climate. Prime Minister Modi has been a very strong advocate of renewable energy and different technologies. I think there is very strong potential for our countries to work together,” 

Blinken also said: “India has been a bipartisan success story of our successive administrations.” He stated that the cooperation started towards the end of the Bill Clinton administration. He further elaborated: “During the Obama administration, we deepened cooperation on defense procurement and information sharing and the Trump administration carried that forward including its concept of Indo-Pacific and to make sure we were working with India so that no country in the region including China could challenge its sovereignty and also working with it on concerns that we share about terrorism.” He also added that there are many ways to deepen this cooperation. 

President-elect Joe Biden nominated Antony Blinken as Secretary of State to serve in his administration in November. Blinken participated in a panel discussion on Indo-US ties in August where he affirmed that Biden would be a champion of India-US relations. 

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