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‘India, US made progress on achieving full potential of ties’

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Washington: Encouraged by President Barack Obama’s visit to India and a series of agreements between the two countries especially on nuclear and defense, a top Republican leader has said that progress is being made towards achieving the full potential of India-US ties.

“I am encouraged by the news over the weekend that the US and India have taken further steps to deepen our strategic partnership, including clearing the way to achieve the benefits of the 2006 civil nuclear agreement and expanding our defense cooperation,” Senator John McCain said.

McCain, Chairman of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, said he is looking forward to reviewing the details of these agreements.

“I am pleased that progress is being made toward achieving the full potential of the US-India relationship,” said McCain, who was among the first few American leaders to have met Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he was voted to power in the May general elections.

“I have long said that the United States and India, two democratic great powers, can and should lead the 21st century in sustaining a liberal, rules-based international order, supported by a favorable balance of power,” he said.

“Building on the progress this weekend, our two nations can bolster security in the Indo-Pacific region by enhancing and expanding our maritime exercises, pursuing joint development and production of military equipment, and building a common operating picture of the region with other partners and allies,” he added.

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