“But, those difficulties should be minor compared to the breadth of our relationship and the magnitude of what we can accomplish together,” she said in her address to the Aspen Institute US-India Dialog being held in Washington.
“We must also deal with our differences in a constructive manner, commensurate with a relationship of this importance. We cannot allow such challenges to derail the future we are working diligently to build a future of greater prosperity, greater security, and consistent adherence to our shared values,” Rice said, reiterating the commitment of the Obama Administration to strengthen and deepen the bilateral relationship between the two largest democracies of the world. “The relationship between India and the United States can and should be, as President Obama has said many times, ‘one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century’. And, as I’ve experienced firsthand, it can also be one of our most productive partnerships,” she said. Rice said she has built a productive relationship with her Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon. Given the hard work done by the governments of the two countries in the last two decades, Rice exuded confidence that the India-US relationship would continue to grow irrespective of the outcome of the upcoming elections. “For almost two decades, in both India and the United States, Presidents and Prime Ministers and political parties have come together and worked to overcome old schisms.” (PTI)