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Indo-US ties have undergone major transformation

Source: The Hindu
Date: September 23, 2003

Computer crime New York, Sept. 23. (PTI): Pointing out that Indo-US relations have undergone a "major transformation" in recent years, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today said the growing partnership is "an important element" in the efforts for a dynamic and cooperative multi-polar world order.

"The strength of this relationship derives from a greater understanding of our basic commonalities. The end of the Cold War has enabled us to enhance our engagement, based on a convergence of many geopolitical perspectives," he said, addressing the Asia Society here on 'India-US relations in the emerging global environment'.

The two countries, he said, for the first time entered into substantive defence cooperation. "Our Armed Forces have established contact and there are regular exercises and exchanges of growing complexity."

He said the two countries' common concern on terrorism, transnational crime and cyber crime have led them to establish ties.

The range and frequency of the India-US dialogue has increased considerably in recent times and it covers global and regional matters as well as long-term and short-term issues, said Vajpayee, who is meeting US President George W Bush tomorrow.

"But most significantly, it is the atmosphere of our dialogue that has changed. We now address each other with the confidence and candour of friends. This dialogue, based on respect and equality is successful precisely because we have recognised that there is no fundamental conflict of interest between us," he said.

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