New Delhi, India. Today Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh warmly greeted the U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) delegation, consisting of Indian-American business and community leaders led by Chairman Sanjay Puri, and thanked them for making the trip at this critical moment in Indo-American relations. Prime Minister Singh went on to praise the work done by USINPAC members on behalf of the Indian-American community and U.S.-India relations for the past five years, calling it their labor of love.
We met the Prime Minister who received us very graciously, and found him determined to take the U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Agreement forward despite some opposition typical in a vibrant democracy like India, said Mr. Puri.
Prime Minister Singh voiced his strong belief that this agreement was the best way forward for India, the United States, and the world.
On the issue of the well-publicized opposition in his country towards this deal, the Prime Minister remarked that those who feared that our foreign policy would be influenced by signing this deal should know that India was a big country and could not be arm-twisted by any one.
The message that the Prime Minister wanted the USINPAC delegation to take back to America was that his government is working to take this deal forward. The Prime Minister stressed that the American side had done a lot of work to get this deal through their own political opposition and also in supporting India in the process.
Mr. Puri shared with the Prime Minister, we look forward to engaging with you and India in seeing this historic agreement go forward.
The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) is the political voice of 2.5 million Indian-Americans. USINPAC provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information, go to www.usinpac.com.