Washington, June 14 (ANI): U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that both she and visiting Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna covered a number of serious concerns such as counter-terrorism, cyber security, and sustainable development during the third Strategic Dialogue between the two countries.
She said that both sides had also discussed cooperation in Afghanistan and the importance of working together with other partners to help build a peaceful and prosperous South Asia.
Both the United States and India have signed strategic partnership agreements with Afghanistan to demonstrate our enduring commitment, and today we agreed to move forward with a formal trilateral consultation among our three nations, said Clinton.
She said that she had told Krishna how much the United States appreciates India's efforts in Afghanistan and the region, and, how much we (the US) are looking forward to the investment conference that India will host later this month in New Delhi.
We also discussed the steps that the Governments of India and Pakistan are taking to open up avenues for trade, investment, and movement of people. And, I applaud the leadership that Prime Minister Singh and Prime Minister Gilani have demonstrated, Clinton added.
She said that both sides paid particular attention to the future of the Asia-Pacific region, as also a US commitment of support for India's Look East Policy.
We will work together through key multilateral institutions such as the East Asia Summit and the ASEAN Regional Forum. And the United States really welcomes India's support for our participation as dialogue partner in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation, Clinton said. (ANI)