Obama, India’s leader renew pledge to deepen ties 歐巴馬、印度領導人重申深化關係

Wed, Nov 27, 2013 - Page 10

American President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh renewed their pledge on Sept. 27 to deepen the relationship between the US and India, declaring a shared interest in reducing tensions in South Asia as the US reduces its footprint in war-torn Afghanistan.

Calling each other indispensable partners, Obama and Singh said great strides had been made on economic cooperation and a civilian nuclear agreement, without addressing concerns that progress in those areas has come too slowly and that the US-India relationship has stagnated in recent years.

“There is a natural convergence between the United States and India,” Obama said.

Terrorism in India, tensions with neighboring Pakistan and concerns about the future of Afghanistan were of key concern to the Indian leader, who said he explained to Obama the difficulties India faces given that the “epicenter of terrors still remains focused in Pakistan.” Singh said he was looking forward to a highly anticipated meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but cautioned against the notion that the meeting could produce an immediate warming in relations.