Photo: Senator John Cornyn with PM Modi at US Congress in Washington DC
Stability and safety of Asia- Pacific will depend on India on great, an US senator has said.
His statement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a strong Indo-US partnership to anchor peace in the region.
“The safety and stability of the Asia-Pacific region in particular will depend more and more on the safety and stability of India," Senator John Cornyn said in Washington.
He also described Modi's address to the joint session of the Congress earlier as a "historic day" in India-US ties.
The PM’s comments speak volumes to his commitment to the US-India ties, said Cornyn.
"When spoke, he talked about his vision for India’s future, including deepening and broadening the relationship with the US. That is really a welcome statement by the PM," Cornyn said.
"Unfortunately, over the last few years - seven or eight years of the Obama Administration - many of our friends and allies around the world have questioned our commitment to those friendships and those alliances.
The senator said India joins the US in more joint military exercises than with any other country, and "they have a healthy civil nuclear treaty that allows for the exchange of critical information and technology".
"This has been a long time in coming," he said.
In his address to the Congress, Modi called for a greater Indo-US partnership in the Asia-Pacific region.
"A strong India-US partnership can help in peace, prosperity and stability from Asia to Africa and from Indian Ocean to the Pacific. It can also help guarantee security of the sea lanes of commerce and freedom of navigation on seas”.
"But, the effectiveness of our cooperation would increase if international institutions framed with the mindset of the 20th century were to reflect the realities of today," the PM had said.