New Delhi: Crucial bilateral issues such as easing of export controls and outsourcing curbs by US as well as regional security situation viz-a-viz Pakistan will be high on the agenda when President Barack Obama arrives here early next month, US officials said here today and made it clear that there will no American intervention on Kashmir issue.
Noting that Obama’s visit will give a major boost to the multi-dimensional engagement between the two major democracies of the world ranging from defence to climate change and clean energy to counter-terrorism, the officials said it (visit) will unleash the true potential in all the field.
“....Not just talking about it, we need to see some things that are going to demonstrate that this relationship has pay-offs,” said senior US government officials.
The officials made it clear that US policy has been very clear for many years on the conflict in Kashmir and that it was an issue which was part of the discussions between India and Pakistan and not an issue for the US to take a role.
After the civil-nuclear pact between the two countries, the next big thing would be the “broader and deeper” relations which rest on the full range of strategic cooperation in the field of economy, defence, security, counter-terrorism and political coordination among other areas.
Describing the Indo-US relations as “par-equal” and not that of a “donor-donee” any more, the officials said India is an “indispensable” partner of the US in 21st century and Obama’s visit will highlight growth, strength and breadth of the US-India ties.
They maintained that besides reflecting the growth in ties, the visit also reflects the personal relationship Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh share.
“This visit is about substance and it is about this friendship and partnership between the US and India,” the officials said.