India-US ties: Top US officials lauds S Jaishankar’s leadership, calls him ‘architect’ of modern US-India relations
India-US Relations: Highlighting the strength, closeness, and dynamism of the bond of India-US relations, several top Biden administration officials praised External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar’s commitment to this bond, calling him the “architect” of modern US-India relations.
Enhancing cooperation in crucial areas such as defense, space, and trade, marking notable milestones in the bilateral relationship between India and the US, these accolades came during a special reception hosted by India's Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, in honor of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.
The event was attended by notable figures from the Biden administration, including US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Verma, President Biden's domestic policy advisor Neera Tanden, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Dr. Rahul Gupta, and Director of the National Science Foundation Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan.
Highlighting S Jaishankar’s visit to the US from September 22-30 during which he addressed the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York and in Washington the EAM met with several top US officials including National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Ambassador Katherine Tai and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Veteran diplomat Richard Verma emphasised the role of hard-working Indian Americans who have built the US-India ties and said, “It’s one of the most consequential relationships of this century. Do we have disagreements? You bet. Will we have bumps in the road? Of course. But two close friends aligned with these shared values, bonded together by the great ideas of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King…this is a partnership with staying power, with real impact, and that will continue to have an outside influence in the world.”
The envoy also praised Jaishankar as the architect behind the modern US-India relationship and exuded confidence that US-India strategic ties have enhanced under his watch.
At the "Colors of Friendship" event in Washington DC, Jaishankar addressed members of the Indian diaspora, underscoring the importance of people-to-people connections in building stronger bilateral ties. Jaishankar noted the importance of people-to-people connections in building stronger bilateral ties and that the Indian diaspora was a "bridge between the two nations.
Biden’s top advisor, a prominent Indian American in the White House, Neera Tandon said that it’s important that India and the US have a strong person-to-person, community-to-community leader relationship based on the strength of the diaspora and today the Indian Americans are throughout the administration at prominent positions.
Ahead of Gandhi Jayanti, Jaishankar also paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi here. The EAM and other guests made several remarks about the legacy of Gandhi.
US lawmakers Shri Thanedar and Rick McCormik, Democrat and Republican, were present at the event.
- With inputs from agencies