‘Irrespective of poll results, India-US ties will grow’

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New Delhi, Sep 9 (IANS) Irrespective of the outcome of the November 8 US presidential elections, India-United States relations will remain robust and continue to grow, two Democratic and Republican Party leaders said on Friday.

“Regardless of the changes one may see after the (US presidential) elections, the relations between the two countries will continue to grow,” Republican senator Wayne Harper said.

At an interaction with a select group of people and students here, both Harper and India-born US delegate from Maryland Aruna Miller of the Democratic Party said India and the new American administration after the polls are expected to cooperate on a wide range of issues like education, outsourcing and terrorism.

However, both failed to approve of or demand “sanctions” against Pakistan, especially in the wake of Islamabad’s failure to act against the 26/11 culprits.

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On the issue of terrorism, Harper said: “It is a matter of concern globally as terror has struck not only the United States, but everyone, be it Europe or India or other countries.”

Miller said: “… the United States, India and all other countries will have to come together to fight terrorism.”

Harper skirted a direct reply on whether Republican candidate Donald Trump could favour firmer action against Pakistan.

Both the US leaders insisted that despite Trump’s campaign rhetoric, America by and large remains an inclusive society.

“America is an inclusive society as it has been a nation built on immigrants,” Miller said.

Talking to IANS later, Harper sounded defensive about some of the rhetoric of Trump.

“Like everyone else, Trump too is an individual. Many of his statements came more as an individual and not from the Republican platform. These do not reflect the Republican stand. But I agree to issues flagged by you, like immigrants, Muslims and women; some of his statements concern me,” Harper said.

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On the question of outsourcing, Republican senate member Harper admitted that some of Trump’s remarks have created fear among people on outsourcing.

Both Harper and Miller expressed concern over the growing “gun culture” in the United States and maintained that necessary changes may be brought in the law to restrict issuing of gun licences once the presidential polls get over.

Harper, who is on his maiden visit to India, lauded the interest Indians as individuals show in global affairs.

“You guys are greatly involved in the world affairs. It is a good sign. It is a sign of mature citizenry of the world’s largest democracy,” he said.



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