|Washington D.C. USINPAC congratulated the members of the Senate Caucus on India for hosting a very successful reception to honor Meera Shankar, India's new ambassador to Washington. Calling it "energizing", Chairman of the U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), Sanjay Puri praised the Co-chairs of the Caucus, Senators Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and John Cornyn (R-TX) saying "We are fortunate to have leaders with a strong understanding of the strategic nature and value of the US-India relationship. We are sure that tonight's event will reinvigorate the Caucus and strengthen its engagement with India on issues that bind the fate of the two countries like terrorism, security, energy, trade and the environment."
Vikram Chauhan, Senior Advisor of USINPAC added that he was pleased to see that the Senate Caucus, whose creation USINPAC had strongly supported, was continuing to gain strength. "This is a good beginning for the new Ambassador. She will receive strong backing for the US-India partnership, and for its continued growth in the future. USINPAC is indeed there to extend full support".
Senator Dodd expressed satisfaction at the high attendance by the Indian American leaders at the reception. Talking about bilateral relations, he said that "I am excited to play a role in continuing to develop this important relationship. India is a true friend to America, and an emerging global power whose cooperation will be essential to tackling the challenges we will face together in the 21st century."
Senator Kit Bond said, "A strong relationship between India and the U.S. is vital to ensuring peaceful development and continued prosperity in South and Southeast Asia. Over the years I have had the pleasure of visiting this great nation to promote the sale of the Missouri-made Super Hornet, the Agricultural Knowledge Initiative, and the peaceful nuclear agreement. I am delighted to be part of the welcome reception of the Indian Ambassador and I look forward to continuing to work in the Senate to strengthen the partnership between the world's largest and oldest democracies."