Obama has taken India-U.S. ties to new level: U.S. Congressman

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“The choice of India for the Presidential visit itself is important and significant”

Veteran U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott on Thursday said President Barack Obama's just-concluded three-day visit to India has taken the relations between the two large and vibrant democracies to a new level.

“President Obama's visit shows the progress which India-U.S. relations have made over the years. The choice of India for the Presidential visit itself is important and significant. I think the visit was a grand success and President Obama did make a mark as a skilled communicator who has gained a deep understanding of India,” Mr. McDermott told a select gathering of journalists and academicians hosted by the Press Association.

On the U.S. backing for India's bid for a permanent seat in the expanded United National Security Council, the veteran Democrat who is also the co-chair of India Caucus said though it was being talked about in the U.S., President Obama chose to state it during his address to the Indian Parliament.

Asked about all the noise over outsourcing, Mr. McDermott said it was a “sensitive and tenacious'' issue. He said people must understand that change cannot come about instantly. He also drew comparison with the Great Depression of 1930s and the economic recession that affected millions of families in the U.S. over the past two years.

Pointing out that President Obama's visit to India came at a “very difficult time” and also at a time when the Indian subcontinent was “not quiet'', Mr. Mc.Dermott said the President “understands people well'' and has tried to impart a human touch.

Mr. McDermott is serving his 11 {+t} {+h} term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 7th Congressional District of Washington State, which includes Seattle and parts of several neighbouring communities. As a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative McDermott is chairman of its Income Security and Family Support Sub-Committee and also serves on its Sub-Committee on Trade.

He is leading a trade delegation of Washington State India Trade Relations Action Committee (WASITRAC) which would be visiting Orissa. The effort is to get Washington's small and medium businesses to learn about opportunities in Orissa and increase sea trade between the port of Seattle and India. The delegation would also get a chance to visit the India International Trade Fair in the Capital opening on November 14.




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