India-US have Recaptured the Kennedy-Nehru Days: H.E. Richard Verma
US Ambassador to India, H.E. Richard Verma
US Ambassador to India, H.E. Richard Verma

By Diplomatist Bureau

Upbeat about the first two years of his tenure, US Ambassador to India, H.E. Richard Verma, highlighted the achievements of the US Embassy.

“I am a firm believer in data. We have broken records in every category in the last two years,” Ambassador Richard Verma said while delivering a talk on India-US relations organised by the Indo-American Friendship Association (IAFA) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in New Delhi.

"Two-way trade stands at $110 billion, three times higher than it was just eight years ago. Defence deals are now worth $15 billion, that's the highest ever and we are now among the top providers of defence and military equipment to India," he said.

"Last year we issued more visas than any time of in our history - 1.1 million visas issued last year," he said.

Ambassador Richard Verma said that according to Secretary of State John Kerry, the US had more government-to-government interactions with India than any other country.

"We have had three summits. Anyone who is working in government knows that a summit is a pretty unusual thing. It brings together all of your government. So, we have had three in two years. We have 100 new initiatives, and over 40 government-to-government working groups."

The US ambassador also referred to PM Narendra Modi's speech in the US Congress in which he said that India saw the US as ‘an indispensable partner in every sector’ that ‘we will overcome the hesitations of history’.

“We have a prime minister and a president who realise that we need each other. In the last two years, we have recaptured the Kennedy-Nehru days," he added.

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