Obama Says U.S.-Indian Ties A 'Defining Partnership' Of 21st Century
President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh walk Tuesday into the East Room of the White House. Obama, moving to. US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi the US- India relationship could be one of the defining relationships of. U.S. President Barack Obama is following through on the efforts of George W. Bush to establish broad, friendly relations with India. Today he.
For the first time ever, our governments are working together across the whole range of common challenges that we face.
Now, let me say it as clearly as I can: The United States not only welcomes India as a rising global power, we fervently support it, and we have worked to help make it a reality. Together with our partners, we have made the G20 the premier forum for international economic cooperation, bringing more voices to the table of global economic decision-making, and that has included India. In short, with India assuming its rightful place in the world, we have an historic opportunity to make the relationship between our two countries a defining partnership of the century ahead.
And I believe we can do so by working together in three important areas. First, as global partners we can promote prosperity in both our countries. Together, we can create the high-tech, high-wage jobs of the future. With my visit, we are now ready to begin implementing our civil nuclear agreement. We need to forge partnerships in high-tech sectors like defense and civil space.
Both of these steps will ensure that Indian companies seeking high-tech trade and technologies from America are treated the same as our very closest allies and partners. We can pursue joint research and development to create green jobs; give India more access to cleaner, affordable energy; meet the commitments we made at Copenhagen; and show the possibilities of low-carbon growth.
And together, we can resist the protectionism that stifles growth and innovation. The United States remains —- and will continue to remain —- one of the most open economies in the world.Obama Addresses Indian Parliament, Hails Relationship
And by opening markets and reducing barriers to foreign investment, India can realize its full economic potential as well. As G20 partners, we can make sure the global economic recovery is strong and is durable. And we can keep striving for a Doha Round that is ambitious and is balanced —- with the courage to make the compromises that are necessary so global trade works for all economies.
Together, we can strengthen agriculture. Cooperation between Indian and American researchers and scientists sparked the Green Revolution. Today, India is a leader in using technology to empower farmers, like those I met yesterday who get free updates on market and weather conditions on their cell phones.
And the United States is a leader in agricultural productivity and research. And because knowledge is the currency of the 21st century, we will increase exchanges between our students, our colleges and our universities, which are among the best in the world. As we work to advance our shared prosperity, we can partner to address a second priority —- and that is our shared security.
In Mumbai, I met with the courageous families and survivors of that barbaric attack.
This is the bond that we share. We will not sacrifice the values and rule of law that defines us, and we will never waver in the defense of our people. The United States will not abandon the people of Afghanistan -— or the region -— to violent extremists who threaten us all. Our strategy to disrupt and dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its affiliates has to succeed on both sides of the border. The Pakistani government increasingly recognizes that these networks are not just a threat outside of Pakistan —- they are a threat to the Pakistani people, as well.
We must also recognize that all of us have an interest in both an Afghanistan and a Pakistan that is stable and prosperous and democratic —- and India has an interest in that, as well. In pursuit of regional security, we will continue to welcome dialogue between India and Pakistan, even as we recognize that disputes between your two countries can only be resolved by the people of your two countries.
More broadly, India and the United States can partner in Asia. As two global leaders, the United States and India can partner for global security —- especially as India serves on the Security Council over the next two years.
Indeed, the just and sustainable international order that America seeks includes a United Nations that is efficient, effective, credible and legitimate.
That is why I can say today, in the years ahead, I look forward to a reformed United Nations Security Council that includes India as a permanent member. Now, let me suggest that with increased power comes increased responsibility.
Obama arrives in India to build "the defining relationship of the 21st Century"
The United Nations exists to fulfill its founding ideals of preserving peace and security, promoting global cooperation, and advancing human rights. These are the responsibilities of all nations, but especially those that seek to lead in the 21st century. And so we look forward to working with India —- and other nations that aspire to Security Council membership -— to ensure that the Security Council is effective; that resolutions are implemented, that sanctions are enforced; that we strengthen the international norms which recognize the rights and responsibilities of all nations and all individuals.
This includes our responsibility to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Since I took office, the United States has reduced the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and we've agreed with Russia to reduce our own arsenals.
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We have put preventing nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism at the top of our nuclear agenda, and we have strengthened the cornerstone of the global non-proliferation regime, which is the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. We can make it clear that even as every nation has the right to peaceful nuclear energy, every nation must also meet its international obligations —- and that includes the Islamic Republic of Iran.
And together, we can pursue a vision that Indian leaders have espoused since independence —- a world without nuclear weapons.
And this leads me to the final area where our countries can partner —- strengthening the foundations of democratic governance, not only at home but abroad. In the United States, my administration has worked to make government more open and transparent and accountable to people.
Voters can get information about candidates by text message. Now, in a new collaboration on open government, our two countries are going to share our experience, identify what works, and develop the next generation of tools to empower citizens. Likewise, when Indians vote, the whole world watches. Thousands of political parties; hundreds of thousands of polling centers; millions of candidates and poll workers -- and million voters. Indians know this, for it is the story of your nation.
Before he ever began his struggle for Indian independence, Gandhi stood up for the rights of Indians in South Africa. Just as others, including the United States, supported Indian independence, India championed the self-determination of peoples from Africa to Asia as they, too, broke free from colonialism.
Now, we all understand every country will follow its own path. No one nation has a monopoly on wisdom, and no nation should ever try to impose its values on another.
But when peaceful democratic movements are suppressed —- as they have been in Burma, for example -- then the democracies of the world cannot remain silent. For it is unacceptable to gun down peaceful protestors and incarcerate political prisoners decade after decade. It is unacceptable to hold the aspirations of an entire people hostage to the greed and paranoia of bankrupt regimes.
It is unacceptable to steal elections, as the regime in Burma has done again for all the world to see. Faced with such gross violations of human rights, it is the responsibility of the international community —- especially leaders like the United States and India —- to condemn it.
And if I can be frank, in international fora, India has often shied away from some of these issues. But speaking up for those who cannot do so for themselves is not interfering in the affairs of other countries. It is staying true to our democratic principles. It is giving meaning to the human rights that we say are universal. Singh's visit comes amid India's always tense relationship with nuclear rival Pakistan, regional concerns over the fighting in Afghanistan, and the burgeoning trade relationship between the United States and India - a country of 1.
It also comes about a year after the deadly terror attack on the Indian city of Mumbai. Obama said he and Singh "agreed to strengthen the economic recovery and expand trade and investment" in order to create jobs from both nations. As for the U.
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Both countries are attempting to put the finishing touches on implementing the deal, which would provide for the development of Indian nuclear power for peaceful uses. Obama also supported Singh's backing for nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Obama said he and Singh have agreed to pursue new efforts, such as a "clean energy initiative," "more affordable energy," "a green partnership to reduce poverty," and an effort "to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels.
We agreed to stand by these commitments with full transparency, through appropriate processes, as to their implementation," he said.
As for security, he and Singh decided to work closer on information-sharing to prevent the kind of militant attack that happened in Mumbai last year, and they discussed Obama's Afghan policy review, which is expected to lead to an announcement on troop levels next week.
Obama said the pair agreed to widen education exchanges in science and technology, and ties between universities and colleges. He said both countries want researchers to work together to reduce hunger and fight disease.
Singh touched on the same topics as Obama, and invited Obama and his family to visit India, an invitation Obama accepted. Noting that the global economic crisis illustrates "the fact that our prosperity is interlinked," Singh reiterated what Obama said about tightening their relationship on trade and investment.
He also endorsed collaboration in education, health and agriculture. On the subject of Afghanistan, Singh pointed out the importance of the world community helping the war-wracked country emerge "as a modern state.
President Obama and I have decided to strengthen our cooperation in the area of counterterrorist. Singh's visit - his second to Washington after meeting with then- President George W.