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"[T]he U.S. and India opened a Strategic Dialogue to advance our cooperation on some of the toughest challenges we face—including improving global health, developing sources of renewable energy, educating more of our children, empowering people to improve their own lives."—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
"India Is a Critical Center of Influence." says President Obama on the eve of his historic visit to India
June 1-4, 2010:
• The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and India’s External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna meet in Washington for an inaugural of “India-U.S. Strategic Dialogue.”
• President Barack Obama welcomes the Indian delegation and emphasizes his commitment to strengthening the growing U.S.-India partnership.
• The co-chairs welcomed the significant progress across all five pillars of the “U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue” since its launch on July 20, 2009.
• The two leaders emphasized that the Strategic Dialogue and its detailed architecture is vital instrument to pursue these goals.
• Areas of U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue: Advancing Global Security and Countering Terrorism; Disarmament and Non Proliferation; Trade and Economic Relations; High Technology; Energy Security; Clean Energy and Climate Change; Agriculture; Education; Health; Science and Technology; Development; and in Pursuance of the Strategic Dialogue.
July 17-21, 2009:
• First high-level political contact and visit between U.S. and India following the election of U.S. President Barack Obama
• Secretary Clinton termed the next phase as being the “Third Era of the U.S.-India Relations” which would have four platforms of cooperation – global security, human development, economic activity and science and technology”
• Two diplomats reaffirm that the excellent relations between India and the United States rests on the bedrock of kinship, commerce and educational ties between the Indian and American people
• Secretary Clinton launches the “Strategic Dialogue,” which calls for collaboration in a number of areas, including energy, climate change, trade, education, and counter-terrorism
• In a Joint Statement, two leaders emphasize on their commitment to building an enhanced U.S.-India strategic partnership that seeks to advance solutions to the defining challenges of the century
• Areas of Cooperation: Advancing Common Security Interests; Defense Co-Operation; Seeking a World Without Nuclear Weapons; Civil Nuclear Co-Operation; Global Institutions; Pursuing Sustainable Economic Growth and Development; Education; Space, Science and Technology, and Innovation: High Technology Co-Operation; Energy Security, Environment and Climate Change; and Global Issues.
November 22-26, 2009:
• India's Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh becomes first State Guest of President Barack Obama.
• Two leaders reaffirm their commitment to global strategic partnership between the United States and India.
• Two leaders reaffirm that the common ideals and complementary strengths of the United States and India provide a foundation for addressing the global challenges of the 21st century
• Two leaders resolved to build on these to expand the U.S.-India global partnership for mutual benefit, peace, stability and prosperity in Asia
• In a Joint Statement, two leaders agreed that the growing economic partnership between their countries has been one of the pillars of the transformed bilateral relationship
• Prime Minister Singh and President Obama agreed to launch the U.S.-India Financial and Economic Partnership to strengthen bilateral engagement on macro-economic, financial, and investment-related issues
• Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh extends his invitation to the U.S. President Barack Obama for a visit to India.
• The United States President accepts his invitation
• Major Areas of Cooperation: Strategic Cooperation; Energy and Climate Change; Education and Development; Economics, Trade and Agriculture; and Science and Technology, Health and Innovation
October 10, 2008: • Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee sign the "123 Agreement" that governs civil nuclear trade between the two countries and opens the door for American and Indian firms to participate in each other's civil nuclear energy sector
• U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and India's External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee sign the "123 agreement" that governs civil nuclear trade between the two countries • The Agreement opens door for American and Indian firms to participate in each other's civil nuclear energy sector
July 2007: • The United States and India reached a historic milestone in their strategic partnership by completing negotiations on the bilateral agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation, also known as the "123 agreement."
U.S. and India completed negotiations on bilateral agreement for peaceful nuclear cooperation, also known as the "123 agreement"
U.S. Congress passes historic Henry J. Hyde United States-India Peaceful Atomic Cooperation Act, which allows direct civilian nuclear commerce with India for the first time in 30 years.
December 18, 2006:
• At the White House signing ceremony, President Bush said, "The United States and India are natural partners. The rivalries that once kept our nations apart are no more, and today, America and India are united by deeply held values.”
March 1-3: • Two leaders set the terms on a tentative nuclear cooperation agreement. India proposes a plan to separate its military and civilian nuclear facilities. • A joint statement is issued expressing satisfaction with the great progress the United States and India have made in advancing strategic partnership to meet the global challenges of the 21st century.
July 18-20: • Two leaders announce successful completion of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership (NSSP) • Declare resolve to transform relationship and establish global partnership • Areas of Cooperation: Economy; Energy and the Environment; Democracy and Development; Non-Proliferation and Security; and High-Technology and Space
• Initiative called "Next Steps in Strategic Partnership" (NSSP) brings two countries closer
“The United States is serious about its vision for the U.S.-India relationship and we are working hard with our Indian counterparts to make it happen.” — U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
• Two countries held series of high-level meetings • Increased cooperation in areas of mutual interest
November 7-9: • The two leaders expressed satisfaction with the progress made in India-U.S. cooperation on counter-terrorism
September 22: • U.S. President George W. Bush lifts sanctions imposed under terms of 1994 Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Act following India's nuclear tests in May 1998
• Two leaders sign a joint agreement to cooperate on arms control, terrorism, and AIDS • U.S. companies sign agreements to construct three large power projects in India
March 21-25, 2000: A watershed moment ushered in the history of U.S.-India Relations at the dawn of the 21st Century. “... (India) is a great democracy that has preserved their democracy, I must say, against enormous odds. And we have an enormous common interest in shaping the future with them, and I’m looking forward to.” —U.S. President Bill Clinton [February 1, 2000] “... India and the United States are natural allies in the quest for a better future for the world in the 21st century.”—Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee [September 28, 1998] Highlights: • Vision Statement: "India-U.S. relations – A Vision for the 21st Century” • The leaders of the two countries agreed that a regular, wide ranging dialogue is important for achieving the goal of establishing closer and multifaceted relations between the United States and India, and for the two countries to work jointly for promotion of peace and prosperity in the 21st century. They also decided to institutionalize the bilateral dialogue and envisaged several initiatives.