|Washington DC. The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) congratulates President Obama and PM Manmohan Singh at the signing of the U.S. - India Defense pact, opening the way for the sale of sophisticated defense equipment to India. USINPAC's National Security Coordinator, Manish Thakur, termed it as 'historic and long overdue' and said that "it shows mounting trust and maturing relations between the two countries". Thakur further said that "this defense pact builds upon the agreement by the United States to sell two nuclear reactors to India, justifying the hard work put in by USINPAC and other Indian American groups to get the Indo-US civilian Nuclear Deal signed last year".
Manish Thakur commended Secretary Hillary Clinton for her astute balancing of the trade and security interests of both the United States and India, but cautioned that the "Obama Administration should be sensitive to the critical importance of India to America's long term strategic interests, and not let it get overshadowed by shorter term objectives in the region". He expressed confidence that "increased trade between the two countries will result in increased understanding, increased employment and increased prosperity, so essential at the time of economic difficulties we are facing today". Manish Thakur said, "I am more optimistic than ever that the United States and India are forging a friendship that will influence world events in the years to come".