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Indo-US tie yet to reach auto-pilot mode: Ambassador Ronen Sen

RonenSenThe landmark Indo-US civilian nuclear deal has opened a new panorama of relationship between the two countries but it is yet to reach a certain critical mass where it can acquire a momentum of its own, Indian Ambassador to the US Ronen Sen has said.


Addressing a meeting of US India Business Council (USIBC) on Indo-US relationship recently, Sen said both in terms of “symbolism and substance” the historic nuclear deal has been a remarkable achievements. It has opened up vistas, which one could not have had contemplated earlier.As the Indian Ambassador to the United States since August 2004, Sen has been instrumental in taking the Indo-US relationship to an altogether new level, which could not have been contemplated some five years ago. The two countries inked the historic civilian nuclear agreement and also doubled the trade between them. US considers India is a strategic and natural ally. Sen received a standing ovation from the US business leaders, who attended the meet, as an acknowledgment to the great contribution he has made to the relationship between the two countries. Now preparing to leave Washington as India’s top diplomat in the US, after nearly five remarkable years, Sen said he can now look forward with confidence in future. But there is still some distance to travel, to put this relationship on an auto-pilot mode, he observed. “It is not that we have reached a stage, where you can put this relationship on an auto pilot. We need to care, we need to nurture it. It still has to reach a certain critical mass where it can acquire a momentum completely on its own,” Sen said. “This relationship among other things, has acquired certain resilience of its own, because it is not only on the basis of shared ideals, shared values, shared aspirations, but also intersection of interest, common concerns, but also it has been on the basis of mutual respect and benefit,” he said. Since his arrival to Washington some five years ago, Sen said Indo-US trade has more than doubled the US exports to India. It is not that only the US is investing or creating jobs in India, it is being done by India also, he said. Even as both countries can now look forward with confidence in future, Sen said there are some challenges that need to be overcome. These challenges, in fact he said are actually opportunities, “as we have discovered”.