Washington, Jul 29 (PTI): It’s in America’s nationwide curiosity to proceed to strengthen its fast-growing strategic, financial and people-to-people ties with India, a senior US diplomat nominated by President Joe Biden to be his level individual for South and Central Asia has informed lawmakers.
Donald Lu, who has been nominated to be the Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, informed members of the Senate Overseas Relations Committee throughout his affirmation listening to on Wednesday that as two nice Indo-Pacific powers, “we should attempt to make sure that our Asian companions stay sovereign and free, and never dominated by a single energy”.
“It’s in our nationwide curiosity to proceed to strengthen our fast-growing strategic, financial and people-to-people ties with India, whereas additionally talking forthrightly about human rights and our democratic values,” he mentioned.
“As two nice democracies, we should always reveal by means of our instance why democracy promotes peace, stability and private freedoms,” Lu mentioned.
Throughout his 30 years within the State Division, he has labored in India, Pakistan and Central Asia.
“And as two nice free-market economies, we are able to construct a extra steady and inclusive international economic system. Because the producer of 60 per cent of the world’s vaccines, India is vital to the worldwide combat in opposition to COVID-19, and if confirmed, I’d work with India to finish this devastating pandemic. And I decide to working with India and our companions to deal with the local weather disaster,” Lu mentioned in his testimony.
Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Overseas Relations Committee, mentioned that America’s relationship with India is rising, bolstered by a vibrant Indian-American group right here in the USA.
“I count on our diplomats to deepen this relationship whereas remaining true to our core values and elevating issues as needed. In Bangladesh, I proceed to advocate for labour rights and the institution of unions to make sure that staff in each sector can work in protected circumstances,” he mentioned.
In his testimony, Lu mentioned that the US has greater than 20 years of its outlined relations with Pakistan by means of the prism of counter-terrorism and safety.
“If confirmed, I’ll construct on our lengthy historical past of friendship with Pakistan to advance human rights, spiritual freedom, counter-terrorism cooperation and an improved enterprise setting for American traders,” he added. PTI LKJ CPS
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