Irrespective of winner of presidential polls, India-US relationship to remain strong
Irrespective of the outcome of Tuesday’s keenly-contested US presidential election, America’s strategic relationship with India is expected to maintain the current momentum and strengthen further, policy documents and remarks from the two campaigns indicate.
President Donald Trump, in the first term of his presidency, has emerged as the best friend of India at the White House, taking the relationship to a new level and his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi is well known, which was reflected in the two leaders addressing two joint rallies in the US and India in less than a year.
Highlighting the great relationship that he has developed with Modi, Trump in September said he had “great support from India”.
“Prime Minister Modi is a friend of mine and he’s doing a very good job. Nothing easy, but he’s done a very good job,” Trump said as he recollected his historic address at the ‘Howdy Mody’ event in Houston last September.
Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, has a strong track record of being an ardent advocate of a strong India-US relationship both as a Senator from Delaware for over three decades and then as deputy of president Barack Obama for eight years.
From playing a key role in the passage of India-US civil nuclear deal during a Republican administration to setting up the goal of a $500 billion in bilateral trade, Biden has strong ties with Indian leadership across the aisle and has a large number of Indian Americans within his close circuit.
At a fundraiser in July, Biden had said India and the United States were natural partners.
“That partnership, a strategic partnership, is necessary and important in our security,” he said when asked whether India is critical to the US’ national security.
Referring to his eight years as the vice president, Biden said he was proud to have played a role in securing Congressional approval for the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, which he said was a “big deal”.
“Helping open the door to great progress in our relationship and strengthening our strategic partnership with India was a high priority in the Obama-Biden administration and will be a high priority if I’m elected president,” Biden had said.
The ground for India-US relationship post November 3 was laid down during the recently concluded 2+2 ministerial held in New Delhi.