Washington: With the landmark Indo-US civilian nuclear deal removing an “albatross” in bilateral ties, India says much more needs to be done to put the bilateral relationship on an “auto-pilot” mode.
Indian Ambassador Ronen Sen preparing to leave Washington after a nearly five year tenure said Indo-US ties were yet to reach a “certain critical mass” where it can acquire a momentum of its own and there is still some distance to travel to put it on an auto-pilot mode.
Addressing a meeting of US India Business Council (USIBC) on Indo-US relationship yesterday, Sen said New Delhi is seeking new forms of cooperation with Washington and sees climate change as a prime area where “we have a vested interest in working as partners.”
“It is not that we have reached a stage, where you can put this relationship on an auto pilot. We need to care, we need to nurture it. It still has to reach a certain critical mass where it can acquire a momentum completely on its own,” Sen said.
Touching upon the historic Indo-US nuke deal, Sen said, “We got rid of this albatross across our necks. It’s freed us in a way. You can’t overestimate the importance of that.”
Sen said both in terms of “symbolism and substance” the accord has been a remarkable achievement. It has opened up vistas, which one could not have had contemplated earlier, he added.