Ino-US ties never been stronger: Trump admin
May 25, 2017  00:33
Indo-US ties have never been stronger, with America's national interests increasingly convergent across Asia, the Trump administration has told the United States Congress.

"On the prosperity front, India's dynamic economy and Central Asia's rich energy resources promise that the region can be a key driver of global prosperity over the coming decades," the State Department said in the Trump administration's maiden budget proposals to the Congress.

It said the US-India relationship has never been stronger, with the US national interests increasingly convergent across Asia.

The State Department said there have been promising shifts towards democracy in much of South Asia in the last two years, presenting opportunities for the US and its partners in the region to pursue the goal of a South and Central Asia region with more accountable and inclusive governance and sustainable economic development.

The maiden annual budget of the Trump administration's South and Central Asia wing of the State Departmentsupports two major regional initiatives: the New Silk Road focused on Afghanistan and its neighbours, and the Indo-Pacific Economic Corridor linking South Asia with Southeast Asia.

While India is not a major recipient of the US assistance, the budget proposes several financial assistance to India.

For instance, the State Department proposes $11million funding to support efforts to strengthen the capacity of India's health workforce and enhance the quality of data for government and local decision-making. -- PTI
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