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India-US to increase co-operation in oil & gas, power, renewable energy: Pradhan

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

for and on Tuesday announced that and the have decided to increase their co-operation in oil and gas, power, renewable and coal sectors.

Pradhan and U.S. of Rick co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the U.S.-Strategic Partnership here, which and had announced during their June 26, 2017 Summit in Washington, D.C.

"Under the partnership, the and will pursue four primary pillars of cooperation- Oil and Gas; Power and Energy Efficiency; and Sustainable Growth; and Coal. Both parties may consider establishing additional pillars of cooperation based on mutual agreement," Pradhan said during the first meeting of the

The partnership affirms the strategic importance of to the U.S.-India bilateral relationship and sets the stage for deeper and more meaningful engagements through government and industry channels.

As leading global partners, the and India believe that can serve as a centerpiece in the bilateral relationship.

Through the Partnership, the United States and India collectively seek to enhance energy security, expand energy and innovation linkages across our respective energy sectors, bolster our strategic alignment, and facilitate increased industry and stakeholder engagement in the

and Pradhan led a high-level discussion with senior U.S. and officials that outlined their vision for the and key areas of engagement.

The elevates the role of energy in advancing shared goals, including universal energy access, strengthened and increased

The partnership will create important opportunities for advancing favorable policies and commercial investments in support of these goals, including in markets.

In keeping with the shared objectives to provide a stronger business orientation to our energy cooperation, both sides noted with appreciation the growing investment of Indian companies in the United States and the beginning of exports from the United States to India.

Recognizing the significance of for meeting the growing global in a cleaner and more efficient manner, India and the United States are engaged in the implementation of the 2008 Agreement for cooperation concerning peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which represents an important milestone in our strategic relationship.

In this regard, the two sides reaffirm their strong commitment to early and full implementation of our civil nuclear partnership, including the civil nuclear project at Kovvada. Cooperation in this area is being pursued through relevant bilateral mechanisms.

The provides a team of U.S. and Indian industry experts with a mandate to propose, develop, and convey, innovative policy recommendations to in support of its vision for in the economy of India.

The work of the is expected to advance the strategic and economic interests of both the United States and India.

Strategic Energy Partnership teams will convene soon to further develop action plans for the respective pillars of cooperation. The U.S. and Indian co-chairs will receive reports from the pillar teams on a regular basis.

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First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 19:25 IST