With the strategic dialogue bringing out divergent perceptions on
some aspects of the civilian nuclear deal and Afghanistan, US
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wednesday underlined that her
country's bonds with India "outweigh differences" and promised to
build more trust in the growing relationship.
"We will build trust and do more to bring us together. We are
betting on India's future… we have watched the progress of India
with great admiration," Clinton, the first US secretary of state
to visit Chennai, told students at the Anna Centenary Library
Amplifying on New Delhi's growing global role, Clinton stressed
that that the history of 21st century will be written in India and
"President Obama made a state visit last year, and I made two
visits in the last two years, why one may ask? It is because we
understand that much of the history of 21st century will be
written in Asia," she said.
"We have great commitment… as the president told the Indian
parliament, the relationship between India and the US will be a
defining relationship," Clinton added.
"There are those who raise questions about the relationship
between our two countries. I understand that we are countries of
different history and there will be differences, as between two
friends...(however) our differences are outweighed by the bonds,"
Clinton's remarks come a day after India and the US concluded
their second strategic dialogue that brought out differing
perceptions on some issues like the civilian nuclear deal and the
strategy for stabilising Afghanistan.
In New Delhi, Clinton Tuesday had reiterated the US' commitment to
the nuclear deal, but asked New Delhi to ratify the Convention on
Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damages and to bring its
civil nuclear liability in line with the norms laid down by the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).