Ambassador Nirupama Rao And Congressman Ted Poe Discuss Positive Developments In India-U.S. Relations

    WASHINGTON (TIP): Ambassador Nirupama Rao met Congressman Ted Poe from Texas on February 28, 2013 at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Congressman Ted Poe is serving his 5th term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 2nd District of Texas. He holds a number of important committee assignments in the Congress. He sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he is the Chairman of its Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, as well as a Member of the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats.

    Congressman Poe is also a Member of the Committee on the Judiciary, where he is the Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Ambassador Rao and Congressman Poe discussed the recent positive developments in India-U.S. relations, including cooperation in counterterrorism. Underscoring the shared values and interests of the two countries, Congressman Poe expressed confidence in the future of the India- U.S. strategic partnership. He fondly recalled his visit to India in September 2012, which he described as “very educational”.

    He agreed with Ambassador Rao that sectors like education, health and energy had emerged as important pillars of this multi-faceted partnership. Ambassador Rao noted that Governors of a number of U.S. states were now visiting India to explore new opportunities for closer cooperation, reflecting the widening base and the depth of the India-U.S. partnership. They also exchanged views on the regional situation in South Asia. Congressman Poe said that the U.S. looked upon India as an anchor of stability in the region and as an important partner in promoting regional and global peace, security and development.

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