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Strengthening the important
strategic relationship between the United States and India is a major goal of
U.S. policy, said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Speaking in Mumbai
to Indian officials and civil society leaders, Secretary Clinton said the U.S.
seeks to step up cooperation between the U.S. and India on issues ranging from
economic growth and development, to climate change, to education and
healthcare, to nonproliferation and counterterrorism.
At a meeting with India's business leaders, Secretary Clinton reaffirmed
America's commitment to working with partners in India to spread prosperity
across society in both countries. "The alleviation of poverty, which I
know is a central goal of the Indian government and the Indian people is one
that we will offer to help with in any way," she said. Secretary Clinton
told Indian scientists that the U.S. wants to work closely with India to combat
global hunger and find clean, sustainable energy for the future.
Visiting the memorial to the victims of last November's terrorist attacks in
Mumbai, Secretary Clinton said these senseless attacks, like those of 9/11 and
the recent bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia "provide a painful reminder that
the threat of such violent extremism is still very real." The threat, she
said, "is global, it is ruthless, it is nihilistic, and it must be
Secretary Clinton said "the United States will work with the Indian
government, and other nations and people who seek peace and security to
confront and defeat these violent extremists. And we will do our utmost to
create a world of opportunity where there is more space for progress, peace and
prosperity, and less space for intolerance, violence and hate."
"President Obama and I believe we are entering a new and even more
promising era of relations with India," said Secretary of State Clinton,
"and we are looking forward to working to broaden and deepen our