New Delhi: Timothy Roemer, the new US ambassador to India, said the real measure of the bilateral relationship between the two countries would be the manner in which they cooperate on key global issues.
“The real test of our partnership will be how we work together on the important common global challenges of our era,” Roemer said on Wednesday during his first press conference in India. He presented his credentials as ambassador to President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday.
Roemer’s remarks came ahead of a Group of Twenty (G-20) summit for heads of state next month in Pittsburgh where climate change financing is a part of the agenda. Last month, India signed the Declaration of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) in which developing countries for the first time joined developed countries in agreeing to work towards making sure the global average temperatures above pre-industrial levels should not exceed 2 degrees Celsius. The development generated debate in Parliament.
Closer cooperation: US ambassador to India Timothy Roemer. Harikrishna Katragadda / Mint
Roemer, in his opening remarks at the press conference, also said US President Barack Obama and secretary of state Hillary Clinton were committed to a strong partnership with India.
Later, in response to a question, Roemer said the end-use monitoring agreement (Euma) between India and US was not unique. “Our (domestic) laws requires us to enter into it,” he said. The US has a similar agreement with 80 other countries, he said.
The Euma accompanies US defence deals and seeks a reasonable assurance the recipient state is complying with American regulations. India is currently weighing options for a $11 billion order of fighter jets.