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Terrorism, economy major focus areas for India, US

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Tackling terrorism, climate change and promoting economic growth is going to be the major focus of India and the United States strategic partnership. The vision Statement for the US India Strategic Partnership said, “Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go”.

The Indo-US strategic partnership is a joint endeavor for prosperity and peace. Through intense consultations, joint exercises, and shared technology, our security cooperation will make the region and the world safe and secure, the joint statement read.

Together, we will combat terrorist threats and keep our homelands and citizens safe from attacks, while we respond expeditiously to humanitarian disasters and crises. We will prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction, and remain committed to reducing the salience of nuclear weapons, while promoting universal, verifiable, and non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament, the statement further read.

It also said that the countries will support an open and inclusive rules-based global order, in which India assumes greater multilateral responsibility, including in a reformed United Nations Security Council. At the United Nations and beyond, close coordination between India and U.S will lead to a more secure and just world.

Climate change threatens both countries, and both countries will join together to mitigate its impact and adapt to our changing environment. They will address the consequences of unchecked pollution through cooperation between governments, science and academic communities.

The vision statement also said that India and U.S will partner to ensure that both countries have affordable, clean, reliable, and diverse sources of energy, including through their efforts to bring American-origin nuclear power technologies to India.

They will ensure that economic growth in both countries brings better livelihoods and welfare for all the people. The citizens value education as a means to a better life, and the exchange of skills and knowledge will propel the two countries forward. Even the poorest will share in the opportunities in both the countries.

Joint research and collaboration in every aspect—ranging from particles of creation to outer space — will produce boundless innovation and high technology collaboration that changes our lives. Open markets, fair and transparent practices will allow trade in goods and services to flourish, the statement read.

It also said that our people will be healthier as we jointly counter infectious diseases, eliminate maternal and child deaths, and work to eradicate poverty for all. And they will be safer as we ensure the fullest empowerment of women in a secure environment.

The United States and India commit to expand and deepen their strategic partnership in order to harness the inherent potential of the two democracies and the burgeoning ties between their people, economies, and businesses.

Together the two nations seek a reliable and enduring friendship that bolsters security and stability, contributes to the global economy, and advances peace and prosperity for their citizens and throughout the world.

United States and India will have a transformative relationship as trusted partners in the 21st century. This partnership will be a model for the rest of the world, the vision statement read.

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