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India caucus played sterling role in boosting Indo-US ties: Amb Shringla

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The powerful Congressional caucus, both in the House and the Senate, has played a sterling role in strengthening and deepening of bilateral relationship between the two largest democracies of the world, the Indian to the US, Harsh V Shringla, has said.

Addressing a gathering of top US lawmakers at a reception co-hosted in his honour by the co-Chairs of the Congressional on and Indian-Americans, Shringla said has counted every step of the way.

A record number of 60 members of the and Senators attended the reception held at the US Capitol on Thursday evening.

Prominent among them were Senators and Mark Warner, who are co-chairs of the India Caucus; Congresswoman among others.

Indian American and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, were also present at the event.

Praising the "understanding" of US lawmakers to steer the countries "ever closer together", the Indian said: "Many in this room will recall the sterling role played by the India in getting us past the finish line on the landmark civil nuclear agreement."

The designation of India as a Major Defense Partner was also codified into law by the US Congress, thanks to the unstinting support by members of the India

Referring to Narendra Modi's address to the joint session of the US that the Indo-US ties have "overcome the hesitations of history", Shringla said he was looking forward to the same comfort, convergence and candour while working closely with members of Congress, particularly the

"Our synergies and similarities are immense. Our values and love of freedom identical. The spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, and high regard to family and community define the best of both of our peoples," Shringla said.

Senator Cornyn said the bipartisan group of more than 30 Senators who form the were working to promote India-US relationship.

India and US have a "unique relationship" which is based on shared values and opportunities that are presented in this very dangerous world.

It was in 2004 that the Cornyn and the then Senator founded the

It is the largest bilateral caucus in the US Senate, Senator Warner said.

"We look forward to the continued success of the caucus and continue growing friendship between India and the United States," he said.

India is an important ally of the and the Indian American community has played a very important role in this, said

"The contribution that the Indian community has made to is immense," he said.

Gabbard, who this month launched her 2020 presidential campaign, called for building on the momentum of the relationship between the two countries.

"There are so many areas of common interest, so many areas of potential. So I have no doubt that with this bipartisan group that's gathered here from both the house and the Senate, we will continue to do that work," she said.

Referring to his recent meeting with Mike Pompeo, George Holding said in the last two years the India Caucus was able to work successfully in strengthening the military to military relationship.

"I think we're going to have a good opportunity to sell more US military equipment to India," he said.

"I think we can look forward to great US companies furthering their relationship than India, such as Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and many others. And with that more Indian companies strengthening their relationship here in the United States," he added.

"We look forward to building our alliances and the Indo Pacific region and there's no ally that we have in the region that better mirrors the similar values of a strong democracy and freedom," Holding said.

Congressman Brad Sherman, who is now also of the of the said he was a strong supporter of strenthening India-US relationship.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 08:05 IST