Clinton stood by remarks she made two years ago, when she described relations between Washington and New Delhi as an affair of the heart.
"With respect to affairs of the heart, they usually have ups and downs. But that doesn't make them any less heartfelt or any less of a commitment. So I feel as strongly today as I did two years ago," she said amidst laughter.
Her comments came during a joint press conference with External Affairs Minister S M Krishna following the third annual strategic dialogue between the two countries, which by all accounts would be her last one as the Secretary of State.
She also took dig at the media, saying journalists have a temptation to zero in on the differences.
".....I think that it's always a temptation to zero in on what the differences are. That is understandable and it certainly is to be expected by the press. That's part of your job," 64-year-old Clinton said.
"But whether it's one country or another or, in particular, India, I always look at the totality of the relationship. And I would be never in a position to say we don