NEW DELHI: The United States said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to America next month could “redefine” the bilateral relationship as both the countries were “at a new page” in their ties.
Earlier, in her address at the launch of fellowship programme offered by University of Chicago Center in Delhi, she referred to Modi’s Independence Day speech and said “it appears the government has the political will to find solutions” to various challenges.
“The new government came to power after being handed a huge mandate and even in his Red Fort speech, the Prime Minister talked about bureaucratic issues and his eagerness to resolve them,” Stephens said.
“Yes, we both can. We are the oldest and the largest democracies in the world and as Barack Obama says ours is the defining partnerships of the 21st century,” she said.
Referring to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India to attend the fifth annual India-U.S. strategic dialogue, she said, “I think Senator Kerry articulated a truly ambitious agenda of U.S.-India relationship”.
“We must through our partnerships in technology, energy, education try to find a commom ground and explore the future course of development.
“And, our shared commitment to education remains an important factor in our relationship...There is a 60 per cent increase in student’s visa applications. What a vote of confidence for the Indo-U.S. relationship,” she said.