US lauds Indian diaspora for propelling India ties

By Arun Kumar, IANS
Wednesday, November 3, 2010

WASHINGTON - Complimenting a “very active disapora” for propelling the India-US relationship, the US has kept the Indian-American community informed about the goals of what it expects to be President Barack Obama’s “very successful” trip to India.

“One of the things that has helped to propel our relationship with India over the past few years is, in fact, the very active disapora that we have in this country,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters Tuesday.

As preparations continue for the president’s trip to India, he said, “We did take the opportunity to inform Indian Americans about our goals for the upcoming trip” at the people-to-people meeting organised by the State Department here last week.

Crowley said to help the president set appropriate goals for the travel, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and several other senior officials - across the government- have made a number of trips to India “to set the stage for what we hope to be and expect to be a very successful trip by the president.”

Asked if anything new was expected to come out of Obama’s first visit to India, he said: “Well, I am sure there will be something new” but would leave it to the White House to announce any agreements.

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