India can play a global role: Hillary Clinton

India can play a global role: Hillary Clinton

"We believe India has a tremendous opportunity and a growing  responsibility, which they acknowledge, to play not just a regional  role but a global one as well," she said Wednesday in a speech to the  Council on Foreign Relations.

"How they choose to define, that we will explore in-depth during the  course of our discussion," Clinton said ahead of what she described as  a "very broad, comprehensive dialogue" with India during her five-day  visit starting on Friday.

"It's the most wide-ranging that I think has ever been put on the  table between India and the United States," Clinton said.

"It has six pillars to it, one of which, of course, is foreign policy,  strategic challenges, along with, you know, other matters like health,  and education, and agriculture and the economy."

US would welcome Indian leadership and involvement in a number of  difficult areas including non-proliferation, she said.

"Anybody who ever read Strobe Talbott's book, 'Engaging India,' knows  that it's a very difficult issue. But, we want to look at new ways for  global and regional regimes on weapons of mass destruction,  particularly nuclear."

Clinton said US was also very interested in the role that India sees  for itself in the immediate area like Sri Lanka and "military and  particularly naval implications of decisions that India is making  going forward."

Washington was also interested in the economic actions that India is  taking and "what are they going to do to keep generating growth,  lifting people out of poverty", she said noting, "they weathered the  beginning of the recession better than many places."
US special envoy for climate change Todd Stern will be accompanying  her, Clinton said, to discuss issues relating to clean energy and  climate change.

India and China have understandable questions about what role they  should be expected to play in any kind of new global climate change  regime, she said. But "it is our hope that we can, through dialogue,  come up with some win-win approaches."

Clinton said she was excited about the trip and looked forward to her  meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs  Minister S. M. Krishna and others in India.

"So, I think that this is an extremely rich area. I've just touched  the surface of it," she said pledging that "we're going to do  everything we can to broaden and deepen our engagement."

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