‘India plays outsized role in global affairs’ – says US state department spokesperson, Mark Toner

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India plays an ‘outsized role’ in international affairs, the US state department spokesperson said recently. He added that it is the ‘core relationship’ that the US maintains.

US state department spokesperson said India, Pak and Afghanistan should work on counter-terrorism operations cooperatively

'India plays outsized role in global affairs' - says US state department spokesperson, Mark Toner

“It is (India’s) playing an outsized role in global issues. And so I think we’re going to continue to work hard to strengthen that relationship going forward, no matter who’s president”, a spokesperson for the US state department, Mark Toner said at the daily briefing on Wednesday.

When asked about the US-India relations once 45th US President, Donald Trump assumes office on Jan 20, he said – “I think in terms of where that relationship goes, the sky’s the limit, both economically, security, what have you…And I think the new administration was clearly recognizing – you’ve even seen some comments from the president-elect – of the importance that India plays not just in the region but in the global mix… And so I think we’re going to continue to work hard to strengthen that relationship going forward, no matter who’s president.”

He said that the US-India relations have greatly explored under the tenure of Barack Obama’s presidency.

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“I think that U.S.-India relations have been strengthened throughout these past eight years of the Obama Administration. It’s obviously a key – a core relationship for the United States”, he added.

The United States has recently called for a partnership between India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan for work on counter-terrorism operations.

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