USISPF hails President Trump’s recognition of India’s strategic role in South Asia


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US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), a non-profit organization focused on deepening business relations between the U.S. and India, and enhancing the strategic relationship between the two countries, has welcomed remarks by U.S. President Donald Trump on the strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia, in which he termed India as “a key security and economic partner of the United States” and said that developing a strategic partnership with India was a “critical part of the South Asia strategy for America”. President Donald Trump also termed Pakistan as harbouring “safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond”. Last month, the US Senate Armed Services Committee, in its report, had termed India as a major defence partner of the US and a contributor to regional security.

Hailing this historic statement, Dr. Mukesh Aghi, President of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), said, “President Donald Trump’s policy announcement on South Asia is a dramatic shift from the previous policy of the U.S. towards South Asia. For the first time, the U.S. has publicly acknowledged the importance of U.S.-India partnership in the development of a secure and prosperous Afghanistan.

India has historically played a crucial role in balancing the geopolitical equation in South Asia and has been a reliable and trustworthy partner for the U.S. India has been an important ally for Afghanistan especially in infrastructure development, health services and military equipment, however India’s contribution had been decoupled from U.S. policy until now. This announcement corrects that anomaly. It will build trust and partnership between the two countries and usher in significant strategic and business impact.”

Launched earlier this year, USISPF is committed to creating the most powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. Its Board of Directors include Chairman John Chambers (Executive Chairman, Cisco), Vice-Chairs Punit Renjen (Global CEO, Deloitte LLP) and Edward Monser (President, Emerson Electric), and Board Members Indra Nooyi (Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo), Ajay Banga (President & CEO, MasterCard), Ambassador Susan Esserman (Partner, Steptoe & Johnson), Secretary William Cohen (Chairman & CEO, The Cohen Group), Purna Saggurti (Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch), and Ambassador Frank Wisner (International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs).

About the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF):

USISPF was established in 2017 by a group of industry leaders in both countries who are committed to creating a powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. A non-profit organization, USISPF is focused on driving economic growth, job creation, innovation, inclusion, and entrepreneurship in the U.S. and India. USISPF has a strong presence in the U.S. and India, including in New York, Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Mumbai and New Delhi.

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