Washington: Foreign Secretary Shivshanker Menon on Wednesday said that the current global crisis makes Indo-US economic co-operation all the more significant.
Menon said the current global economic crisis figured prominently during his meetings with officials of the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders in his four-day trip here.
“We also recognise during these conversations the need for India and the US to work together and with other countries to address the global economic crisis,” Menon said.
“We agreed that the upcoming meeting of the G-20 leaders in London in April provides an important opportunity to pursue that goal,” he said at a press briefing before leaving for India.
“In fact, the current economic crisis makes the India-US dialogue and economic cooperation even more significant,” he observed.
Menon hoped that health permitting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would attend the G-20 summit. “I hope that both (Obama and Singh) would be meeting. We are looking forward to that. It’s an important conversation,” he said.
Responding to a question, Menon said India feels that “protectionism” would be the wrong answer to the current economic crisis.