US ‘welcomes’ greater global leadership role for India

US ‘welcomes’ greater global leadership role for India

New Delhi: In a bid to contain possible damage caused by the Wikileaks revelations on warming India-US, US ambassador to India Timothy Roemer Tuesday said the United States welcomed “a greater global leadership role for India and values its perspectives on how to meet common challenges."

The statement follows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarks—as revealed by Internet whistlebrlower Wikileaks—describing India as a “self appointed front-runner" in a reference to New Delhi’s ambitions for a permanent UN Security Council seat in a revamped United Nations.

In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Roemer said the United States regretted and condemned the leakage of sensitive information—contained in more than 251,000 cables exchanged between the US State Department and US missions in countries across the world—that “threatens our ability to conduct essential private and diplomatic dialogue."

Specifically referring to India, Roemer said: “The United States welcomes a greater global leadership role for India and values its perspectives on how to meet common challenges, including countering terrorism, securing our maritime domains, and working together to promote democratic, political and economic development around the world."

He noted that US President Barack Obama during his 6-9 November visit to India had “reiterated that the relationship between the United States and India, bound by our shared interests and our shared values, will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century."

The Obama visit itself underscored “the U.S. commitment to a long term strategic partnership with India," Roemer added in apparent clarification to Wikileaks making public a telegram sent on 31 July last year to 33 US embassies by Clinton that spotlighted UN Security Council reforms as a key issue of focus for American diplomats.

In the missive, Clinton reportedly refers to the issue as the “International deliberations regarding UNSC expansion among key groups of countries: self-appointed frontrunners for permanent UNSC membership Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan" according to NDTV news channel website.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs has not officially responded so far to Clinton’s remarks amid indications the Indian government was satisfied with the endorsement to its permanent UNSC candidature by Obama on 8 November in an address to the parliament where he had said “in the years ahead" he looked forward to “a reformed UN Security Council that includes India as a permanent member."

Of the more than 250,000 cables, it is estimated that over 3,000 are from the US embassy in New Delhi, but none of them have been released by the whistle-blower website so far.