"I think that is a very good thing and a very positive thing. We are not going to let the momentum go and and we are not going to slow down what has been accomplished," he said, adding that he was looking forward to the next high-level dialogue between the two governments in June.
He said Carter will be here in early part of June and U.S. was looking at signing a new 10-year defence agreement, agreed to during Obama's visit.
"We are looking to do more in terms of exercises and joint training, interoperability with our Indian counterparts and hopefully provide more in terms of increasing India's indigenous capability to make defence products right here in India," he said at the first U.S.-India Think Tank Summit. Verma said that during Obama's visit, both countries have reoriented how they cooperate with each other. He said it was not jt about cooperation in South Asia but both countries now have a "very robust architecture" for East Asia as well. He said the two countries will work together on maritime cooperation, keeping sea lanes open, combating weapons of mass destruction, supporting humanitarian assistance to disasters as well as increasing trade and economic integration across Asia.
"The strategic premise of that is that if U.S. and India are the closest of partners, not just in South Asia, but across Asia and globally, the world would be a safer and more prosperous place. That is the power of having two large democracies coming together. There is so much good that can come out of it," he said.