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Engaging India at state level among top US priorities

Engaging India at state level among top US prioritiesWashington, March 23 - One of America's top priorities in building a partnership with India is to expand state- and local-level engagement, according to a senior US official as Indian companies are adding tremendous value to local US economies.

The booming India-US trade relationship already is delivering substantial benefits to the American people, said Robert Blake, assistant secretary of state for South Asia in an address at the University of California, Berkeley Institute of International Studies, Thursday.


US sees enormous business opportunity in India's growth

US sees enormous business opportunity in India's growthWashington, Feb 27 - Describing India as one of America's "most trusted and valuable partners" in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior US official has said it would serve as the foundation for greater regional economic cooperation and expansion.

"Our relationship from our burgeoning trade, to defence sales and exercises, to our growing education and clean energy partnerships has never been stronger," Robert Blake, Assistant Secretary of State, told a House panel Tuesday during a hearing on "The Rebalance to Asia: Why South Asia Matters."


India to host US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue

India to host US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogueWashington, Feb 16 - Two senior US officials are headed to India to participate in the second US-India-Afghanistan Trilateral Dialogue focusing on cooperation among the three nations after the planned drawdown of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake and Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman will lead the US delegation at the New Delhi meeting, the State Department announced Friday.

The New Delhi meeting follows the inaugural trilateral consultations held at the Afghan mission in New York City Sep 25.


U.S. tells Pak new Afghan-U.S.-India forum ''not aimed against it''

U.S. tells Pak new Afghan-U.S.-India forum ''not aimed against it''Washington, June 18 : A trilateral forum, which brings the United States and India in a new arrangement with Afghanistan, is not directed against Pakistan, a senior U. S. official has said.

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake claims that the main goal of the forum, announced in Washington this week, was to bring stability and economic development to war-torn Afghanistan, reports The Dawn.


U.S. believes India has capacity to become world power

U.S. believes India has capacity to become world powerWashington, June 5 : The U. S. believes India has the required institutional capacity to become a global power and sees a growing strategic convergence between the two nations, a top administration official has said ahead of next week''s India-U. S. strategic dialogue.

Robert Blake, Obama Administration''s point man for South and Central Asia, said the rapid strides made by the two sides in their ties over the last 10 years indicates that "sky is the limit" for the relationship between the two countries to grow, reports The News.


India, US Sikh group object to Golden Temple comments

Washington, Jan 25 - As India officially took up the issue of popular TV show host Jay Leno's objectionable depiction of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, a US based Sikh rights group lodged a complaint with Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Indian Deputy Chief of Mission Arun Kumar Singh met US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake Tuesday and conveyed India's objection to Leno passing off a visual of the Golden Temple as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's vacation home.

The Indian mission has also written a "strong letter" to NBC, which broadcast Leno's "The Tonight Show" featuring the joke Thursday.


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