Indian-Americans essential stakeholders in India-US relationship: Ambassador Sandhu

Washington, July 31

Indian-Americans are an essential stakeholder within the relationship between the 2 largest democracies of the world, Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu has mentioned, urging the group to play a extra energetic function in India’s financial growth, its restoration from COVID-19, and assist to strengthen the bilateral ties.

Ambassador Sandhu made these remarks throughout a digital assembly with members of Indian-American group from in and round Washington DC on Thursday.

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian ambassador has been holding digital conferences with members of the Indian-American group from throughout the nation. This was his seventh such assembly.

“The Indian American community is an important stakeholder, in our relationship with the United States,” he mentioned.

“We look forward to your ideas and suggestions on how we can leverage our strengths, for the transformation of India, and for strengthening India-US partnership. We would like to see you play, a more active role, in India’s economic development and recovery, in the post-COVID scenario, as we look forward to seizing the opportunities, from the shifting supply chains,” he mentioned.

The Ambassador thanked the group members for his or her energetic help to stranded Indians.

“This has helped in supplementing the Embassy’s outreach to stranded Indians and students, during the COVID-19 pandemic. By helping with medical advice, prescriptions, helplines, provision of temporary accommodation and provision of even groceries, in some cases, you have helped us meet the challenges. I am aware that several of you contribute, to local and community organisations in India, and we welcome your engagement with India’s development,” he mentioned.

Based on suggestions from the group, the federal government has relaxed the journey restrictions, on OCI card-holders with particular classes, being allowed to journey on the Vande Bharat flights. In a separate transfer, the federal government has additionally introduced relaxations on the renewal of OCI playing cards till December 31, 2020, he mentioned.

Sandhu mentioned that through the pandemic, India and United States have been collaborating carefully.

“Our network of scientific institutions, in India and the United States, are in touch with each other, on a real-time basis. Our pharmaceutical companies are working closely together, for co-development of a vaccine,” he mentioned.

There are no less than three such collaborations. Gilead has entered into an settlement with seven Indian pharmaceutical firms to fabricate and distribute Remdesivir, which has been authorised for treating COVID-19, he mentioned.

The relations between India and the US are underpinned by the shared values of democracy, freedom of speech and the rule of regulation, the ambassador mentioned.

“India-US relationship has also enjoyed bipartisan support over the years. The Indian diaspora has played an important role of projecting a positive image of India, as a vibrant, democratic and pluralistic society and a valuable partner for the United States,” Sandhu added.

“We are proud of the achievements of the 4 million plus Indian-American community in the United States. You occupy important positions in various walks of life, including business, academia, research medicine, IT, management and real estate. This gives a different quality to our relationship with the United States and adds value to our partnership,” he mentioned. PTI

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