December 1, 2010, Washington D.C: The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) mourns the death of former Congressman Steve Solarz, one of the leading proponents of strong U.S.-India relations. Steve Solarz passed away from esophageal cancer on Monday at the age of 70.

Congressman Solarz was an advisor on South Asian Affairs to President Clinton, and one of the earliest and loudest supporters of strong U.S-India relations. He was instrumental in the setting up of the South Asia desk at the State Department. He believed that the two countries were natural allies, and was one of the few who understood India’s security concerns and spoke for it after India’s nuclear tests in 1997.   

USINPAC Chairman, Sanjay Puri expressed grief at Steve Solarz’s demise and said, “Cong. Steve Solarz was a visionary leader who understood the strategic advantages of strong Indo-U.S. relations at a time when during the Cold War relations between the two countries were estranged. He laid a solid foundation for Indian causes on the Hill, and will be sorely missed by all of us working towards stronger U.S.-India relations.    

About USINPAC: USINPAC is a bipartisan organization and the voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans. It works to impact policy on issues of concern to the Indian-American community in the United States. USINPAC also 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 http://www.usinpac.com

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