New Delhi: Washington and New Delhi must “continue to expand trade and investment,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here Tuesday.
Addressing a joint press conference with external affairs minister SM Krishna, Clinton said, “We have to continue to expand trade and investment. We should be working to having one of the world’s largest trading ties.”
While looking to India for “a broad international partnership on Iran,” she wanted pressure to be maintained on Tehran to bring it to the diplomatic table.
Clinton Tuesday wraps up her three-day visit that saw her meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Pakistan must act against terrorists including those who organised the Mumbai attack, Krishna said.
He said that the recent terrorist attack in Kabul had highlighted “once again the need for elimination of terrorists and sanctuaries in the neighbourhood.” He said there was also “the need for stronger action from Pakistan, including the bringing to justice of the perpetrators of the (2008) Mumbai terror attack.”
Krishna said he and Clinton also discussed “our respective relations with Pakistan.”
Krishna said both countries underlined the need for a peaceful settlement of Iran’s nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiations. He said this must be based on Iran’s right as a member of the NPT but it must also abide by its obligations as a non-weapon state.
Krishna said India and the US continued to make “tangible progress” in all areas of cooperation. “We expressed the hope that our economic relationship would grow much faster and realise its enormous potential.”
He added that there were “issues” on both sides. Krishna pointed out the difficulties faced by Indian IT companies in the US. He said India was committed to providing a level playing field to all US companies within the framework of national laws.