India is and will remain a key partner of America


India is and will remain a key partner of America which will remain totally focused around improving and strengthening the bilateral ties during the remainder of the Obama administration, the US has said.

"We enormously value and regard the relationship we have with India today and the one that we have worked hard at  improving and strengthening," State Department Spokesperson John Kirby said.

"We will remain totally focused  on that for the remainder of this Obama administration," Kirby said yesterday as he invited new Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna.

"We respect the new minister and we anticipate working closely with him as he subsides into his new obligations, however I can let you know that nothing will change for the remainder of Secretary of State (John) Kerry's tenure about the very keen focus that we are going to continue to place on our bilateral relationship with India.

"What happens after the inauguration of our new president is truly for the new organization to address," he said.

Mr Kirby said there is no doubt that India remains and will remain a key partner in that part of the world and that strong two-sided relations should proceed.

"In any case, what it would seem that, the frame and substance and shape, I couldn't in any way, shape or form foresee what that is," he included.