Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster on Mahatma Gandhi’s 149th Birth Anniversary

Sabarmati Ashram, Gujarat: Governor of Gujarat Kohli, Deputy Chief Minister Patel, Sabarmati Ashram Chairperson Bhatt, Dr. Bang, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. I am deeply honored to be with you today at the Sabarmati Ashram to mark the 149th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. As the United States Ambassador to India, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the American National Day Celebrations in Pune

Introduction Good evening. Thank you Minister Bapat for honoring us with your presence this evening.  And special thanks to our team at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai for putting this evening together. Welcome to representatives of the Government of India; members of the diplomatic corps; distinguished guests; and our Chief Guest, the Guardian Minister of ...
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Closing Remarks at the U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue

Remarks by: Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman MINISTER SWARAJ: (Via interpreter) Secretary of State Mr. Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mr. Mattis, my cabinet colleague Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman, ladies and gentlemen, and my friends from the media: We have just ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the Reception for USA Poultry and Egg Export Council Showcase of U.S. Poultry Products

Good evening, and thank you for joining us tonight to experience and enjoy the versatility and delectability of U.S. poultry – in both Indian and American-style dishes. This event has been a long time coming:  access to the Indian market for U.S poultry has been a work in progress for more than ten years.  So ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Cooperation and Integration in South Asia

Introduction It is a great honor to be here this morning with Minister Singh and other distinguished panelists, as well as the delegates from all of our South Asian partners.  On behalf of the U.S. Government, I welcome you to the Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Cooperation and Integration in South Asia. Energy Security, Regional ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Indian Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people and government of India on their Independence Day. Since gaining its independence 71 years ago today, India has set an example for South Asia and the world by supporting democracy, diversity, and the rule of law—values ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the Roundtable with Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal

Introduction Good afternoon and welcome.  I would like to thank Minister Piyush Goyal, Chairman Ashwani Lohani, and Principal Executive Director for Infrastructure S.K. Mishra for hosting us at Rail Bhavan.  We are honored to be here today, and I am grateful that so many of your distinguished colleagues could join us for this discussion. I ...
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Remarks by Kenneth I. Juster, U.S. Ambassador to India, at Independence Day Celebration

Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Delhi, India August 2, 2018 Thank you Minister Puri for those most gracious remarks, and good evening everyone.  I would like to welcome representatives of the Government of India; members of the diplomatic corps; our distinguished guests; and, especially, our Chief Guest – who is a great friend of the United ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the U.S.-India Peacekeeping Cooperation in Africa Welcome Reception

Remarks by Kenneth I. Juster U.S. Ambassador to India Introduction Director General Sharma, Secretary Ghanashyam, Distinguished Guests:  It is a great honor to be here this morning and have the opportunity to reflect on the important work that all of the nations represented in this room are doing to advance United Nations peacekeeping, and expand ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at the USA Partnership Pavilion Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at DefExpo 2018

Introduction Thank you for that kind introduction.  I would like to thank the Kallman team, your sponsors, and the industry associations – AMCHAM, USIBC, and USISPF – for the great job you have done in organizing the USA Partnership Pavilion.  I know a lot of work goes into arranging events of this magnitude, and it ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster at DefExpo 2018 U.S. Industry Networking Reception

Introduction Thank you, Phil, for your kind introduction.  Good afternoon everyone.  It is great to be here in Chennai.  I would like to thank AmCham, USIBC, and USISPF for jointly hosting this event and for all of their excellent support to the defense industry.  And a warm welcome to Major General Suntheimer, Deputy Commanding General ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Juster at Nexus Startup Hub Launch at The American Center

As Prepared Good afternoon. On behalf of my colleagues at the U.S. Embassy, we would like to congratulate all of you who have played a role in launching Nexus: Startup Hub at the American Center. In particular, we would like to thank our partner, the IC-Squared Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, which ...
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Remarks by President Trump in State of the Union Address

U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:10 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and my fellow Americans: Less than one year has passed since I first stood at this podium, in this majestic chamber, to speak on behalf of the American people and to ...
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Remarks by Deputy Chief of Mission MaryKay L. Carlson at GHSA annual meeting

Good morning!  Thank you for your warm welcome.  I am very pleased to join you on behalf of the U.S. Embassy for today’s GHSA annual meeting.  The word impressive seems like an understatement when it comes to describing India’s many achievements under the Global Health Security Agenda from its beginning in 2014 to the present—especially ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster at the Birthday Commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am pleased to be here with you to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.  Dr. King was murdered 50 years ago, at the age of 39.  Today, we pause to pay tribute to his extraordinary life and legacy, and to reflect on the lessons he taught us. We draw strength from his courage ...
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Inaugural Speech by Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster – U.S.-India Relations: Building a Durable Partnership for the 21st Century

U.S.-India Relations: Building a Durable Partnership for the 21st Century Thank you very much, Raja, for that kind and generous introduction.  Thanks as well to your colleagues at Carnegie India and my colleagues at the U.S. Embassy for their hard work in putting this event together.  And, of course, thank you everyone for being here ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Administration’s National Security Strategy

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Washington, D.C. THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Please. I want to thank Vice President Pence, along with the many members of my Cabinet here with us today. I also want to thank all of the dedicated professionals — military, civilian, and law enforcement — who ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on President Trump’s National Security Strategy

The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting to attack our homeland, or malicious cyber actors seeking to damage and destabilize our ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks at the Global Entrepeneurship Summit Press Conference

International Convention Center Hyderabad, India SPOKESPERSON MCCLESKEY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I’m Clayton McCleskey.  I’m the spokesperson for USAID.  Thank you so much for being here today and for coming to GES for the week, and for joining for our concluding press conference here.  We’ve got three speakers this afternoon.  First, we’ll have Jennifer Arangio, who is the ...
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Remarks at “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships” to Commemorate World AIDS Day 2017

Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan George C. Marshall Center Washington, DC DEPUTY SECRETARY SULLIVAN: Thank you, Ambassador Birx. You and your team at the department, and the efforts you lead throughout the interagency, are why we are able to stand here today and reflect upon so many positive stories. Thank you for all ...
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Statement From USAID Administrator Mark Green on World AIDS Day

Tomorrow, on World AIDS Day, the United States reaffirms our commitment to ending HIV/AIDS. This day also serves as a remembrance of the millions who have lost their lives to this disease.  Nevertheless, we remain encouraged by the tremendous progress made by the global health community in controlling HIV/AIDS. The U.S. Government, through the U.S. ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit Closing Reception

Novotel Hotel Gardens Hyderabad, India ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Welcome, everyone. And what a great GES. First, on behalf of the U.S. government, thank you. Over the last few days we’ve met entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders from over 150 countries. Some have traveled here from quite literally the other side of the world. Now, there’s an old ...
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President Donald J. Trump Promotes American Entrepreneurship

“I know that starting and growing a business takes tremendous grit and that facing the unknown requires determination.  I also know that taking on that risk makes our Nation and our world a better place.” –  President Donald J. Trump   A COMMITMENT TO GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: The United States is co-hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Summit ...
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Press Availability With Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Ministry of External Affairs Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan New Delhi, India October 25, 2017 MODERATOR: Good afternoon, friends, and thank you for joining us for this media interaction. To begin the proceedings, may I request The Honorable External Affairs Minister of India to deliver her statement to the media.EXTERNAL AFFAIRS ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on “Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson October 18, 2017 Center for Strategic & International Studies Washington, D.C. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, thank you so much, John, and it is a real pleasure to be back in the building. And I was asking John if the building was meeting all the expectations that we had ...
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Remarks by Chargé Carlson at GE’s Diesel Locomotive Launch Event International Railway Equipment Exhibition 2017 (IREE)

Pragati Maidan, New Delhi I’m delighted to be here with Mr. Ghanshyam Singh, Member Traction, as our countries unveil what we can do together.  We’re here with two iconic names that represent the best of the United States and India, and a symbolic example of how we collaborate with state-of-the-art manufacturing.  General Electric is one ...
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Remarks by the Vice President to the UN Security Council

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Security Council Chamber 11:16 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. President, Chairperson Faki, President Ramos-Horta, distinguished members of the Security Council, it’s a great honor to be with you today in the midst of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly. As we gather at this historic assembly, ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson at the Women Entrepreneurs Conclave

American Center New Delhi “Women First, Prosperity for All.” That is the theme for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which India and the United States will co-host at the end of November in Hyderabad.  This theme highlights the critical role women like you play in fostering global growth and prosperity. The U.S. delegation to the Summit, ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia

Fort Myer, Arlington, Virginia THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Please be seated. Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan. Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer and every member of the United States military at home ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State Tillerson on the United States’ Engagement in South Asia

Washington, DC This evening, President Trump announced the new integrated strategy for the U.S. approach to South Asia that will require diplomatically engaging Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region. This new strategy signals clear support for the Afghan people and government. We will continue to support the Afghan ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson at the DST Lockheed Martin Tata Trust Awards Ceremony

(As Prepared) Good afternoon.  Thank you all for the warm welcome and the invitation to join this wonderful event.  I’m grateful to be able to speak to you today alongside Minister Vardhan and other senior government officials. I particularly want to thank Lockheed Martin and Tata, both of whom are partnering to promote innovation and ...
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Remarks by CDA Carlson at U.S.-India Peacekeeping Cooperation in Africa Welcome Reception

It is a sincere pleasure to be here today to celebrate the great work we’re doing together on UN peacekeeping and our growing cooperation with African partners.  I’d like to thank Secretary Ghanashyam, Lieutenant General Cheema, Lieutenant General Singh, and all the Center for UN Peacekeeping officials for all of your support and collaboration.  I ...
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Remarks by the Vice President to the US-India Business Council

The White House Office of the Vice President Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium Washington, D.C. 11:00 A.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Chairman Chambers, President Aghi, Ambassador Sarna, Ambassador Roemer, distinguished Members of Congress who joint us here today.  It is an honor to join you for the 42nd Annual Leadership Summit of the U.S.-India ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

President Donald J. Trump will welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to the White House on June 26, 2017.  The President looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and India and to advance our common priorities:  fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. ...
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Remarks by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson on Student Visa Day

(As Prepared) Introduction Good morning and welcome to the U.S. Embassy.  I am pleased to have you here for our Student Visa Day celebration.  Today, all five of our posts throughout India – Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, and Mumbai – are hosting special events dedicated to Indian students who plan to study in the United ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release (Remarks as prepared for delivery) Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson at Inauguration of Photo Exhibition “Keeping Faith: Indian Religious Traditions in the United States”

(As prepared for delivery) It is an honor to stand here with Ambassador Amarendra Khatua and Sirajuddin Qureshi to inaugurate this exhibition on Indian Communities of Faith in the United States. In the United States, Indian-American communities practice the same rich array of traditions that their families celebrate here, and they are joined by many ...
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Remarks by Chargé Carlson at Annual General Meeting of American Chamber of Commerce in India-AmCham

(As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you, Prat, for that kind introduction and for the opportunity to speak today about the future of U.S.-India economic synergy.  I am honored to join the many distinguished speakers here recognizing AmCham for its 25 years of service, representing more than 500 U.S. companies in India. Over ...
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Remarks by MaryKay Carlson, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy

Alumni Conference for U.S. government-sponsored exchange participants from India and Bhutan Building Bridges through Exchanges: Strengthening the U.S. India Partnership India Habitat Centre Friday, April 21, 2017 9:30 a.m. (As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning exchange alumni!  I am honored to be here today for the first U.S. government exchange alumni conference for India and ...
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CDA Carlson’s Remarks Honoring World Wildlife Day at National Zoological Park

(As Prepared) Mr. Minister, thank you for inviting me to join you today at this memorable event.  I’d also like to thank Mr. Amitabh Agnihotri, the Director of the National Zoological Park, and Mr. S. Dasgupta, the Inspector-General of Forests, for organizing this event.  Finally, I want to thank everyone here today who is taking ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement on President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress

As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where Allies meet their responsibilities, an immigration ...
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President Donald J. Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary February 28, 2017 (Remarks as prepared for delivery) TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States, and Citizens of America: Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, ...
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Inaugural Address of President Donald J. Trump

(As Prepared for Delivery) Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “Shared Journeys Towards a Common Destiny”

Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia New Delhi, India  (As prepared for delivery) Good evening and thank you for such a warm welcome.  I am delighted to be here at the Foreign Correspondents Club of South Asia.  The FCC has been a Delhi institution for nearly six decades, hosting distinguished speakers such as my predecessor ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at Vivekananda International Foundation Conference

Remarks on Countering Violent Extremism (As prepared for delivery) Good morning ladies and gentlemen.  It’s a pleasure to join such an esteemed group of experts and practitioners for this very salient conference on countering violent extremism.  I’d like to thank our host, the Vivekananda International Foundation, and General NC Vij for kindly inviting me to ...
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Remarks by Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs

Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards Ceremony, Bengaluru (As Prepared for Delivery) Honorable President Pranab Mukherjee, Ministers, Excellencies, Distinguished guests:  Thank you, it is such a great honor to be here today, accepting this award among such distinguished company. Let me first thank His Excellency the Honorable President Mukherjee, Prime Minister Modi, and the Government of India– ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the inaugural plenary of Indo-Asia Connectivity for Shared Prosperity

Kolkata | December 14, 2016 (As prepared for delivery) Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a pleasure to be here in Kolkata, the “City of Joy.” When Mark Twain visited this marvelous city in 1896, he wrote in his diary “There was plenty to see in Calcutta, but there was not plenty of time for it.” I ...
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Remarks by DCM MaryKay Carlson at the Smart Cities Workshop, December 8, 2016

Good morning.  Thank you to the organizers of this impressive workshop.  I know a lot of hard work went into putting together such a great lineup of events and speakers and I would like to particularly recognize U.S. Trade and Development Agency U.S. Department of Commerce U.S.-India CEO Forum U.S.-India Business Council Confederation of Indian ...
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Statement by Ambassador Richard R. Verma on the Death of the Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J. Jayalalithaa

On behalf of the United States, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa and the people of Tamil Nadu following her passing yesterday. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will be remembered for her years of public service to Tamil Nadu and as a supporter of closer ties between the United States ...
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Years of Living Dangerously Screening, Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma

American Center, New Delhi (As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon everyone. I’m delighted to welcome you all to the American Center today for a screening of Years of Living Dangerously. This is a National Geographic series starring David Letterman, who was for many years a leading American comedian and late-night talk show host. The episode ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at the CUTS International State Competitiveness Symposium, Jaipur

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good afternoon everyone. It’s a pleasure to be back here in historic Jaipur and to inaugurate this symposium on Making North Indian States Competitive. Let me first thank the Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) for their leadership and vision in organizing this event. Mr. Pradeep Mehta, we are grateful for the outstanding cooperation we have ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at National Institute of Agricultural Marketing

(As Prepared for Delivery) Additional Secretary Dalwai, High Commissioner of Afghanistan to India Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Faculty at National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), International participants, and Ladies and Gentlemen. Good Afternoon. It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you all at the inauguration of the international training program on “Emerging Trends in Fruits ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at Open Doors Press Conference

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good Afternoon. It is my pleasure to be here today to launch the 2016 Open Doors report in India. One of our Mission’s highest priorities is to promote increased educational ties between the United States and India. That includes promoting studies in the United States, facilitating partnerships between U.S. and Indian ...
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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Introductory Remarks by Ambassador Verma

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good Afternoon.  I am very pleased to see so many of you here at the American Center for this Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 gathering.  We are deeply grateful to Special Secretary Y.S. Malik for having taken time out of his extremely hectic schedule to join us. Entrepreneurship is a major feature ...
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Beyond the Election — The Future of India-U.S. Relations

Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma FICCI and Brookings Post Election Discussion Thank you to FICCI and Brookings India for organizing this important event on the U.S. election and the future of our partnership.  I’d like to especially thank Dhruva Jaishankar and Rajan Bharti Mittal.  The last time I spoke in this room was during ...
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Ambassador Verma at the United States Marine Corps 241st Anniversary Ball

Ladies and gentleman, on behalf of Embassy New Delhi, I’d like to welcome everyone to this year’s Marine Corps Ball.  It’s an immense honor to be here this evening to celebrate the 241st anniversary of the United States Marine Corps .  There’s a common saying that the life of a Marine is to defend the American way of life.  ...
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“The United States and India Investing in the Generation of Tomorrow” Remarks by Ambassador Verma

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India (As prepared for delivery) A Historic Institution of Learning  Good afternoon everyone.  Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad, Dr. Tasneem Meenai, members of the faculty, thank you for your kind words.  It’s an immense honor to be here today at one of India’s leading universities with such a distinguished group of ...
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President Obama wishes on the festival of lights across America and around the world

To all who are celebrating the festival of lights across America and around the world, happy Diwali. As Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists light the diya, share in prayers, decorate their homes, and open their doors to host and feast with loved ones, we recognize that this holiday rejoices in the triumph of good over ...
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Partnership, Progress, and the Trajectory for growth in the U.S.-India Trade Relationship

Remarks by U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman at the University of Chicago Center in Delhi Nearly seventy years ago, Prime Minister Nehru stood before the Constituent Assembly on the occasion of India’s independence to describe his vision of the future: a nation whose freedom, forged in its “suffering and sacrifice,” would serve as a ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “The Female Journalist in India” at Daniel Pearl Day

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good afternoon and welcome to the American Center.  I am delighted you could all join us for our second annual Daniel Pearl Day event, hosted with our partners at the Embassy of Israel.  It’s always an honor to see my good friend, Ambassador Daniel Carmon, who has done a wonderful job ...
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Ambassador Verma’s Statement on India’s Decision to Join the Paris Agreement

In joining the Paris climate agreement today, India has taken a bold and decisive step in combatting climate change.  We commend Prime Minister Modi for his leadership and thank all those who have worked on the Agreement over many years. India’s ratification provides indispensable political momentum to securing entry into force of the Paris Agreement ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at “People, Book, Land”- Israel Exhibit

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi (As prepared for delivery) Good evening ladies and gentlemen.  It’s an immense pleasure to be here at this beautiful venue for such a special event.  I’d like to thank Dr. Joshi and his team at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts for hosting us ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma “Advancing Cyber Norms and Internet Inclusion,” Global Connect Initiative Regional Stakeholders Workshop.

Shangri-La Eros Hotel, New Delhi | September 15, 2016 Good morning everyone.  It’s a pleasure to join you all for this important workshop on the Global Connect Initiative.  In the spirit of digital connectivity, I was initially thinking about appearing via hologram but I thought it best not to frighten our guests here today!  Let ...
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“Advancing Shared Values,” Remarks by Amb. Richard R. Verma at National Law University

Law School and Beyond Professor Singh, Mrs. Nath, faculty and student body of the National Law University, it is a great pleasure to be invited to give the Seventeenth Annual Bodh Raj Sawhny Memorial Oration today. I am especially pleased to be giving this address in your Moot Court Hall. It’s good to be back ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at U.S.-India Expert Workshop on Countering Terrorist Use of the Internet

(As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you for that kind introduction.  It’s a great pleasure to be here at this workshop with such an impressive group of law enforcement officials and experts.  I understand we have participants from a number of countries, including India, Bangladesh, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  I’d like to especially ...
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Keynote Speech by Ambassador Richard Verma: The Opening of India’s Legal Services Sector

India Habitat Center, New Delhi (As prepared for delivery) Good Afternoon.  It’s a pleasure to be here with you this afternoon.  I would like to thank Professor Jayanth Krishna from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law Center and Dr. C. Raj Kumar from O.P. Jindal Global University for the invitation to speak with you today. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the India Energy Access Summit

Le Meridien Hotel, New Delhi (As Prepared for Delivery) Good Morning ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests. Thanks to the CLEAN Network and the Climate Group for sponsoring this conference and inviting me back this year.  I don’t believe I am overstating it when I say that we are poised at a transformational moment in history. ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at NITI Aayog Conference on Energy Data Management, Energy Modeling, and Geospatial Analysis

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction Good Morning ladies and gentlemen. Thank you to our hosts, NITI Aayog, for putting together this conference and assembling such a notable group of leaders working to transform the future of India’s energy.  I’m truly honored to be here.  Thank you to NITI Aayog’s Vice Chairman Panagrahiya, and its CEO, ...
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Ambassador Verma at the Business Council of Intl Understanding (BCIU) Competitiveness Forum Roundtable

Commercial Diplomacy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (As prepared for delivery) Thank you Ron Summers for that kind introduction.  Ron has been a steadfast champion of the U.S.-India relationship for many years and it’s an honor to have him lead today’s discussion.  I would also like to recognize Peter Tichansky for his leadership at the Business Council ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma to the Clean Energy Finance Taskforce

(As prepared for delivery) Let me start by thanking all of you for your willingness to participate in these workshop sessions and play a role in unlocking the potential of India’s renewable energy revolution. I don’t want to overstate this, but I believe we are at a transformational moment in history.  It seems like there ...
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“Launch of the Feed the Future India-Triangular Training Program”- Remarks by Ambassador Verma

Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at National Agriculture Science Complex, New Delhi (As Prepared for Delivery) Secretary Pattanayak, fellow Ambassadors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you all for joining me here today to celebrate the launch of the Feed the Future India, Triangular Training Program. This exciting new program marks not only a significant ...
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“Celebrating the 240th American Independence Day” Remarks by Ambassador Verma

Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi Distinguished guests and honored friends. On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is a sincere pleasure to welcome you all here to celebrate America’s independence and our country’s wonderful natural heritage. I’d like to extend a special welcome to Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who ...
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U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Remarks on U.S.-India Diplomatic Leadership

Indian Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi (As Delivered) Thank you for that introduction.  I would like to express my sincere appreciation to Dean Khatua for hosting me here at the Indian Foreign Service Institute (FSI).  I am humbled by the opportunity to engage the next generation of diplomatic leaders – you are not just the ...
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“Deepening People to People Ties: Tourism in U.S.-India Relations”

Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (As Delivered) Thank you Mr. Advani for that kind introduction.  I really appreciate IACC for taking the initiative to organize this great event.  IACC has long recognized the importance of travel and tourism between the U.S. and India, not only as an economic engine, ...
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Launch of the Telangana IP Crime Unit, Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma, Hyderabad

Thank you Minister Rama Rao for that gracious introduction and hosting us today.  It’s a real pleasure to be back in Telangana, which has been a partner for the United States in so many areas, from defense to IP to clean energy.  In fact, just last week Boeing and Tata broke ground on a new facility ...
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The United States and India: A Partnership to Protect the Planet, Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma: The Future is Now: From COP21 to Reality

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a great pleasure to be back here in Hyderabad, a city rich with history that looks toward the future.   I’m here today to discuss how the United States and India are responding to what Secretary of State John Kerry has called the “defining challenge of our generation” – climate change.  Tackling ...
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“United States and India: Total Security Partners” – Remarks by Ambassador Verma at the Heritage Foundation

Thank you Assistant Secretary Biswal, Ambassador Singh, distinguished panelists and guests. It’s good to be back in Washington for Prime Minister Modi’s historic visit and to have this opportunity to reconnect with so many close friends. Selfishly for me, it’s a welcome reprieve from the Delhi heat – the temperature there today is 107 degrees! ...
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Statement by Charge d’Affaires, a.i. Michael Pelletier on Lighting of U.S. Embassy to Commemorate LGBTI Pride Month

On behalf of the U.S. Mission to India, we express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were brutally massacred in the Orlando, FL nightclub on Sunday, June 12. The U.S. stands firmly by the principles of equality for all, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, ...
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Remarks by Jonathan Kessler, Director – North India Office, U.S. Embassy

The American Center, New Delhi, India (As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you for coming this evening to share this special event with us.  We are very pleased to introduce all of you to the North India Office – a new team within the Embassy.  Our focus will be to strengthen and expand the relationship between ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Pacesetter Fund Awards Ceremony, India Habitat Center, New Delhi

India Habitat Center, New Delhi | Friday May 27, 2016 (As prepared for delivery) Good evening everyone.  I’m very pleased to be here with you all today to celebrate innovation in clean energy.  I want to thank the India Habitat Center for offering this beautiful venue.  Joseph Stein, the American architect who designed this building, was ...
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“Helping Transform Indian Cities” – Remarks by Richard Verma at The Smart Cities Investors Meet, Confederation of Indian Industries

(As prepared for delivery) Important Partnerships Delivering Results Thank you Mr. Ravi Parthasarathy.  It’s always a pleasure to be part of CII’s deliberations and I appreciate that we have such an esteemed gathering of experts and officials to address an important and timely topic.  It’s also wonderful to see Secretary Gauba, who I had the ...
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“Technology, Innovation and American Diplomacy in the 21st Century” – Remarks by Ambassador Verma at Lehigh University

(As prepared for delivery) Ladies and gentlemen, members of the faculty, distinguished students.  It’s a sincere pleasure to be back here at my alma mater, a place of many fond memories.  I’ve been back many times over the years – for alumni events, reunions, and as an Alumni Association Board Member and a Young Alumni ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Annual General Meeting of the American Chamber of Commerce

(As prepared) Thank you Ajay, Banmali, Mr. Kant, all of the impressive speakers from this morning’s panel, and all of you from the American Chamber of Commerce.  It is truly an honor to be part of your Annual General Meeting once again. We work with AmChams all over the world; they are among our closest ...
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Urbanization, Investment, and Entrepreneurship: Leveraging U.S.-India Economic Ties

Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal’s Remarks to the University of Chicago Alumni Club of India (As prepared for delivery) Thank you for that kind introduction Aditi and thank you all for a very warm welcome, and of course a big thanks to the University of Chicago Alumni Club of India for hosting this event.  It is ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the India-U.S. Millennium Alliance Awards Ceremony

April 14, 2016 | FICCI Federation House, New Delhi Good Morning! Let me begin by thanking the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) – Dr. Singh and his team – for hosting this event and for FICCI’s excellent partnership with the U.S. Government on the Millennium Alliance. I’d also like to specially ...
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Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on Repatriation Ceremony

New Delhi | April 13, 2016 ‎Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was honored to participate this morning in a ceremony in New Delhi, India, repatriating the possible remains of U.S service members recovered by the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). One set of remains was recovered in the Arunachal Pradesh state between September 12 and ...
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Remarks by Sec. of Defense Ash Carter on “America’s Growing Security Network in the Asia-Pacific” at Council on Foreign Relations

New York | April 8, 2016 (As Delivered) Good afternoon everyone, and, Richard, thanks. Thanks so much for those words, for decades of friendship, your leadership here at the Council, and above all for your public service, which continues, as Richard is a member of the Department’s Defense Policy Board, we count on him for ...
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Ek Aur Ekh Gyaraah: As Development Partners, India and the United States Can Together Help Move the World Toward a Better Place

USAID/India Mission Director Jonathan Addleton | Published in Urdu in Roznama Rashtriya Sahara, April 2, 2016 The development partnership between India and the United States goes back several decades, contributing to a legacy that lives on in areas ranging from the network of Indian Institutes of Technology to India’s capital markets. Prior partnerships also supported ...
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Ambassador Verma’s Remarks at Assocham’s 8th International Security Summit: Securing the Nation

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good afternoon and thank you for having me here.  I’m very happy to share the dais with Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Assocham officials, and guests from the private sector.  I see many familiar faces in the audience – I spoke at Assocham’s 7th annual security summit in August 2015 – and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “The Impact of U.S. and Indian Innovations in Global Business”

The University of Chicago Delhi Center, Lalit Hotel (As prepared for Delivery) Introduction Good evening. It is a pleasure to address this group and to participate in such an important and timely discussion. Secretary Kant, I am especially honored to be with you on this occasion, as your life of service has been an example ...
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Remarks by Consul General Phillip A. Min at the International Conference on Curriculum Development for the Indian Community Colleges Loyola College

CHENNAI:  Vannakam. Good morning and warm greetings to you all. It is my honor and privilege to be here today for the inauguration of the “International Conference on Curriculum Development for the Indian Community Colleges.”  I congratulate Montgomery College and the ICRDCE for their collaboration in sharing curriculum and syllabus models for community colleges in ...
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“Let’s Be Ambitious Together”

Raisina Dialogue Remarks By ADM Harry B. Harris, Jr. U.S. Pacific Command (Updated to As Delivered) Good afternoon folks, and thank you, Your Excellencies Minister Swaraj and Foreign Secretary Jaishankar who have organized this flagship event in India. And a special thank you to the Observer Research Foundation for hosting the inaugural Raisina Dialogue and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “Fulbright Partnerships – Benefiting the World at Large” at the Fulbright Conference, Jaipur

Thank you so much for the invitation to speak to you today. For those of you who have just arrived from neighboring countries, welcome to India.   I also welcome Sue Borja, Branch Chief for the South and Central Asia Fulbright Program from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, who joins us from Washington. ...
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Thank you so much for the invitation to speak to you today. For those of you who have just arrived from neighboring countries, welcome to India.   I also welcome Sue Borja, Branch Chief for the South and Central Asia Fulbright Program from the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, who joins us from Washington. ...
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Remarks by Consul General Phillip A. Min at Sathyabama University

CHENNAI:  Vannakkam.  I am pleased to join Sathyabama University for this international conference “Emerging Novelties and Vistas in Space Technologies and Applications” or ENVISTA 2016.  I want to thank Dr. T. Sasipraba, Dean of the University, for the invitation to speak with you today.  And I am honored to share the dais with Chancellor Dr. ...
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“Bringing U.S.-India Space Cooperation to the Edge of the Universe” Special Address by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma at the ORF Kalpana Chawl

(As prepared for delivery) I want to extend a thank you to the U.S.-India Business Council and the Observer Research Foundation for the invitation to speak this evening. I am thoroughly impressed by the people in this room – people whose visions for space technology and actions in space policy push forward what space can ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “Supporting Indian Leadership Across Domains”

The Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents India International Center (As Prepared for Delivery) Most schoolchildren in America, and many in India, are familiar with the famous line from President Kennedy’s inaugural address in January, 1961; “my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.”  ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s remarks “Further Integrating Our Legal Systems” at the American Bar Association/Society of Indian Law

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning.  Thank you very much for the invitation to speak with you today.  I am honored to share the dais with distinguished members of the legal profession.  Let me thank our hosts the American Bar Association and the Society of Indian Law Firms for organizing this important event.  Let me ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma on NDTV’s Left, Right and Centre with Nidhi Razdan

NEW DELHI: It is no longer acceptable for Pakistan to distinguish between terror groups that attack them and those that attack India, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma has said. In an exclusive interview to NDTV, Ambassador Verma said, “More needs to be done, some action has been taken. This distinction between different terror groups ...
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“Democratic Values and Violent Extremism,” Remarks By Sarah B. Sewall U.S. Under Secretary For Civilian Security, Democracy, And Human Rights

(As delivered) Hello everyone. Thank you General Vij for the kind introduction, and thanks to the Vivekananda International Foundation for inviting me to speak with you all today. The Foundation has been an extraordinary partner for our Embassy, and we are very grateful. Bahoot Danyavad! My name is Sarah Sewall, and I serve at the ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma at the launch of Passport to India’s online course, “The Importance of India”

(As Prepared for Delivery) It is exciting to be here in India today at a time when more and more universities are active in areas such as student recruitment, student and faculty exchange, research, and alumni engagement.  Universities are establishing centers in India, exploring dual degree programs, and considering other areas of formal and informal ...
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“A New Era in U.S.-India Relations”: Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at Brookings Institution

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction I am delighted to be here at Brookings, along with so many friends and colleagues.  Tanvi, thank you for facilitating this event, and thank you also for the enormous amount of scholarship you produce on India, and on the U.S.-India bilateral relationship.  Your tweets on India are always insightful and ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma at the Observer Research Foundation Event on Strengthening the U.S. – India Partnership

(As prepared for delivery) Thank you Sunjoy, for your gracious introduction and for hosting us today.  It is an honor to be here with Ashley Tellis for this event.   I want to thank the Observer Research Foundation for its continued commitment to the value of ideas and critical thought in world affairs, and you should ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma on Megacity Security: Challenges and Opportunities

I would like to thank Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. and his team at the Atlantic Council, the India Foundation, and the distinguished speakers who have come from around the world to support this conference.  It is a pleasure to be here in Mumbai to speak on the subject of Megacity Security. Recent events in Paris, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Launch of the TB Detection Mobile Van Pilot Project at Medanta, The Medicity

(As prepared for delivery) Chief Minister Khattar, Minister Vij, Mr. Bachchan, Dr. Trehan, corporate leaders, our friends from the media, ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for inviting me here today to participate in this launch, an effort that I hope will take us one step closer to a TB-free Haryana and a TB-free India. Tuberculosis ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma on “Opportunities for Public-Private Partnership in Countering Online Radicalization and Recruitment”

(As prepared for delivery) “Public-Private Partnership in Countering Online Radicalization to Violence”   Thank you for hosting me this morning.  I would like to commend the Vivekananda International Foundation and the University of Maryland National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism for organizing this workshop.  It is an honor for the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the USIBC Annual Legal Meet and Gala Dinner

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction Good evening and thank you very much for the invitation to speak with you today.  I am honored to share the dais with Secretary Malhotra, Dr. Bhasin, and other distinguished members of the legal profession. It is truly a pleasure to join you this evening to discuss the importance of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the Event Commemorating Life and Work of Daniel Pearl at the University of Chicago Center, New Delhi

(As prepared for delivery) Many thanks to Bharath and the University of Chicago Center for hosting us today for this important event.  It’s a pleasure to be here with Ambassador Carmon and to collaborate with the Embassy of Israel as we honor the life and work of Daniel Pearl.  Thanks also to Ramesh Sharma, for ...
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Joint Statement on U.S.-India Investment Initiative

Mr. Ajay Tyagi, Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, and Mr. Ramin Toloui, Assistant Secretary for International Finance, U.S. Department of Treasury, today released a joint statement on the second U.S-India Investment Initiative, held in New Delhi on November 4, 2015: “The U.S.-India Investment Initiative will help our governments discuss and explore capital market reforms ...
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The U.S. & India: A Fellowship of Minds in Service to Humanity, Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Verma at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

BENGALURU:  Introduction – I’d like to talk to you today about what I believe is the greatest promise in the coming together of the people of the United States and India – our young thinkers.    As I have traveled around this great country and met with scientists, entrepreneurs, scholars and students I have marveled at ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Phillip Min on The United States – India Partnership on Climate Change

MADURAI:  Vannakam.   It is an honor for me to speak with students from a number of colleges here in Madurai.  Thank you to Mannar Thirumalai Naicker College for hosting students from Fatima College, Lady Doak College, Madura College, Sourashtra College, Vellaichami Nadar College and Thiagaraja School of Management as well.  I’d like to especially thank ...
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“Why India Matters” Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at Carnegie Mellon University

Introduction Good afternoon. Thank you so much for the invitation to speak to you today. I am thrilled to visit one of our country’s most distinguished universities, a place that is so emblematic of the relationship between the United States and India Your graduates find themselves in the highest ranks of business, of education, and ...
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U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, September 21-22, 2015

U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, September 21-22, 2015   Overview: On September 21-22, 2015 the State Department hosted the inaugural U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD). Secretary Kerry and Commerce Secretary Pritzker were joined by their respective Indian co-chairs, along with members of the U.S. delegation and their Indian counterparts. The U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue has ...
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“A Resurgent US/India Partnership” – Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Gala in Houston

Shared Sacrifices and Shared Successes Dear Friends, what an honor to be with you in Houston for this auspicious occasion. I want to thank the Indo American Chamber of Commerce, and their great leadership, for not only visiting India this past spring but also for inviting me here to this terrific gathering. When they invited ...
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“An Alliance for Global Prosperity” Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma

(As prepared for delivery) In 1947 as Jackie Robinson was getting ready to play his first major league game, and our government was rolling out the Marshall Plan and the Truman Doctrine, the Indian people were preparing for the realization of their “tryst with destiny.”  Those words from Jawaharlal Nehru seem prophetic now, and I ...
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“Taking Bilateral Trade to $500 Billion” Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma at the 11th Indo-U.S. Economic Summit

Hosted by: Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (As prepared for delivery) Good morning and thank you for the warm introduction, Dr. Bhasin.  I am honored to share the dais with the Honorable Minister for Finance; Information and Broadcasting; and Corporate Affairs, Sri Arun Jaitley, and other distinguished leaders of business and industry.  I would like to ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship, Guwahati, Assam

Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the “International Training Program on Leadership and Career Development for Women Scientists & Technologists” organized jointly by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and COACh International (As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you.  Hello and Namaste.  I’m delighted to be here with you this morning to welcome you to the second annual ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the “International Training Program on Leadership and Career Development for Women Scientists & Technologists” organized jointly by Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and COACH International at the IIE (As prepared for delivery) Thank you.  Hello and Namaste.  I’m delighted to be here with you this morning to welcome you ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma’s Speech at the Valedictory Session of the Call to Action Summit 2015

(As prepared for delivery) Good afternoon.  I want to extend my congratulations to the Government of India, particularly to Minister Nadda and his team, as well as the other co-hosts – the Government of Ethiopia, USAID, UNICEF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tata Trusts, and the World Health Organization – for hosting a ...
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Ambassador Verma’s Meeting with Kailash Satyarthi

On August 28, Ambassador Richard Verma visited Mukti Ashram, the transit rehabilitation center run by Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi and NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA).   Ambassador Verma and Kailash Satyarthi met with 52 rescued child laborers who currently reside at the center and witnessed the critical impact that BBA has had on their lives.  The ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Remarks at ASSOCHAM’s 7th Annual Summit on Cyber and Network Security

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning and thanks for the generous introduction.  I’m delighted to be here and thank ASSOCHAM for the chance to speak to you on this important topic.  Of course, the Internet today is part of just about everything we do.  This digital age has opened countless windows of opportunity, to the ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore

Thank you for the warm introduction.  I would also like to thank TNAU Vice Chancellor Dr. Ramaswamy, the faculty of TNAU, and the student body for the invitation to speak with you today—it is an honor.  I would like to start this morning by congratulating you, the students and faculty of Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, ...
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Growing U.S./India Defense Cooperation, Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma, Defence Services Staff College Wellington

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction Thank you for the warm introduction.  I would also like to thank Commandant Lieutenant General SK Gadeock, the Directing Staff, and the students here today.  The Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) is a testament to the deep people-to-people ties between the United States and India.  Over the last 65 years, ...
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“Protecting Our Shared Spaces” – Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma at the Observer Research Foundation

Introduction Thank you for the kind introduction, Sunjoy, and for hosting me today.  I would like to commend the Observer Research Foundation for its commitment to excellence in producing first-rate analysis on world affairs. The Embassy team and I value your insights and counsel. Just over a month ago, Vice President Biden commemorated the ten-year ...
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U.S. Ambassador Verma Applauds Sulabh’s Innovative Efforts to Improve Sanitation

The U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma today visited the headquarters of Sulabh International to witness the award-winning organization’s innovative sanitation and behavior change work. At Sulabh’s West Delhi complex, Verma also met with Dalit women who were formerly manual scavengers. Set up by eminent sociologist and social activist Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak, Sulabh is a ...
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Remarks by U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Stefan M. Selig at AmCham India

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good afternoon. First and foremost, I would like to thank the American Chamber of Commerce in India and the U.S.-India Business Council for the invitation and opportunity to speak with you today. As the head of the International Trade Administration in the Department of Commerce, an agency whose mandate is to ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Introductory Remarks for Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

(As prepared for delivery) Welcome to the American Center, the hub of the Embassy’s public engagement efforts in New Delhi.  The American Center is the home of the American Center Library – one of the busiest American libraries in the world, with around 300 visitors every day.  The American Center also plays host to numerous events ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Introductory Remarks for Dr. Tom Frieden, Director, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

(As prepared for delivery) Welcome to the American Center, the hub of the Embassy’s public engagement efforts in New Delhi.  The American Center is the home of the American Center Library – one of the busiest American libraries in the world, with around 300 visitors every day.  The American Center also plays host to numerous events ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Empowering Women and Girls “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” Event

(As Prepared for Delivery) Chief Minister Lal, distinguished guests, thank you for the invitation to join you today.   I would like to congratulate the Chief Minister for initiating today’s call to action to save and educate the daughters of Haryana.  It is not a coincidence that Prime Minister Modi launched Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao earlier ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Empowering Women and Girls “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” Event

(As Prepared for Delivery) Chief Minister Lal, distinguished guests, thank you for the invitation to join you today.   I would like to congratulate the Chief Minister for initiating today’s call to action to save and educate the daughters of Haryana.  It is not a coincidence that Prime Minister Modi launched Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao earlier this year ...
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“The United States and India: A Relationship on the Move” Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at IIT-Madras

(As Prepared for Delivery) Introduction: India on the Rise Vannakam and good afternoon.  Thank you Professor Bhaskar Ramamurthi for your invitation to join the students and faculty of IIT-Madras for a conversation on the U.S.-India relationship.  I am thrilled to visit one of India’s most distinguished universities and alma mater to two generations of students ...
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“Stronger Together”: Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Convocation Speech for the Fourth Class of Young India Fellows Ashoka University

(As Prepared for Delivery) Welcome Thank you Vice Chancellor Mukherjee for that kind introduction.  I also want to acknowledge my friend, Dr. Pramath Sinha.  Both of you are leading such a remarkable effort here at Ashoka University.  I know you have attracted top faculty members, and I am particularly honored to have been invited to ...
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“We Are From the Same Place” – Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Remarks at the DAV College Commencement Ceremony in Jalandhar, Punjab

(As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you, Dr. Manuja.  Thanks also to Dr. Sharma and DAV for allowing me to participate in today’s ceremony.  Let me also ask the audience to join me in congratulating the graduates. Good afternoon Graduates!  Sixty-four years ago my father sat for his convocation from this very same college, DAV, here in ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks (As Prepared for Delivery) at the DAV College Commencement Ceremony

U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the DAV College Commencement Ceremony Mahatma Hans Raj Marg, Dayanand Nagar, Jalandhar,Punjab (As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you, Dr. Manuja.  Thanks also to Dr. Sharma and DAV for allowing me to participate in today’s ceremony.  Let me also ask the audience to join me in congratulating the graduates. Good afternoon ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consulate General Chennai Public Affairs Officer Ariel Pollock at English Access Graduation Ceremony

Tiruchirapalli: Good afternoon, and warm greetings to you all. I am delighted to be here this afternoon to present the “Certificate of Achievement” to the students who successfully completed the “English Access Microscholarship Program” at the Periyar Maniammai Girls’ Higher Secondary School in Tiruchirapalli. I am very impressed with the WIND Trust and Periyar Trust ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Speech at Ananta Aspen Institute

(As prepared for delivery) Foundations of the U.S. – India Strategic-Plus Relationship Ananta Aspen Centre has long been on the cutting edge of developing and discussing ideas that turn into initiatives between our countries.  Your support through the years has been a vital part of strengthening the relationship. I appreciate the invitation to come and ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

(As Prepared For Delivery) Smart Partners: U.S. Business, Smart Cities, and the U.S. – India Relationship Thank you to AmCham for inviting me to speak at your annual meeting.  I truly wish we were meeting under more auspicious circumstances.  As we come together today, the search for survivors continues in Nepal and the process of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma’s Remarks at the American Chamber Of Commerce Annual General Meeting

Smart Partners: U.S. Business, Smart Cities, and the U.S. – India Relationship Thank you to AmCham for inviting me to speak at your annual meeting.  I truly wish we were meeting under more auspicious circumstances.  As we come together today, the search for survivors continues in Nepal and the process of grieving and rebuilding is ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Climate Speech

Green – the Color of Growth:  The Business Case for Climate Action   (As prepared for delivery) Thank you.  Distinguished guests, friends, welcome.  Thank you for joining us here today.  Please also join me in thanking CII for hosting us and for its continuing strong support and interest in climate change issues. Climate change has ...
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Consul General Phillip A. Min’s Remarks at CMAI’s Safe Medicines Seminar

Chennai:  Vannakam and good morning.  First, let me congratulate the Christian Medical Association of India for hosting today’s seminar with the support of the U.S. Embassy New Delhi.  I am honored to join the distinguished guests on the dais this morning. The U.S. Embassy has provided support for this seminar because we share your commitment ...
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“Strategic Plus: Taking U.S.-Indian Relations to a New Level”: Remarks by Ambassador Richard Verma at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Secretary Burns, thank you for the generous introduction.  It is an honor to have one of the principal architects of today’s U.S. – India relationship here with us, not to mention one of the great Foreign Service Officers in the history of the State Department.  I’d also like to recognize Dr. Ashley Tellis, a good ...
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Remarks by Consul General Helen LaFave 4th Anti-Trafficking in Persons Conclave

(As Prepared for delivery) Honorable Minister for Women and Child Development, Welfare & Social Welfare Ms. Loius Marandi Honorable Minister for Human Resource Development Ms. Neera Yadav Dr. P.M. Nair Colleagues from the Anti-Trafficking Community Friends and champions of the cause Welcome to the Fourth Trafficking in Persons Conclave hosted by U.S. Consulate, Kolkata.  The ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Richard Verma at a Reception-Dinner on the occasion of the Conference “India-U.S. 2015: Partnering for Peace and Pros

Organized by the Atlantic Council, the Vivekananda International Foundation, Confederation of Indian Industry and U.S. Embassy, New Delhi U.S.-India Relations: “Strategic Plus”    (As prepared for delivery) Namaskar.  Good Evening. Thank you for the introduction General Vij.  Let me start by thanking the Atlantic Council, the Vivekananda International Foundation, and the Confederation of Indian Industry ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma remarks at the 2015 India Today Conclave

The theme of this year’s conclave – “The World Remade” – is especially appropriate, I think, in characterizing current events surrounding the U.S.-India relationship. I’m fortunate to have taken helm of the U.S. embassy here during a time of transformation in our bilateral partnership. In the last six months, we’ve seen two summits in Washington ...
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Keynote Address at the “Building Pan-Asian Connectivity” Conference by Ambassador Richard Verma

(As prepared for delivery) Helen, thank you for the kind introduction.  Thank you also for you and your team at the consulate’s hard work on this conference.  Thanks also to Dr. Sumit Ganguly and his team at the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University, as well as Mr. Ashok Dhar and Dr. ...
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Neil Kromash, U.S. Department of State Keynote Address at the “Building Pan-Asian Connectivity” Conference

(As Prepared for Delivery) Thank you for that kind introduction. It’s great to be back in wonderful India, even if only for a brief visit. I’d also like to thank the organizers of this really timely and important conference on Pan-Asian connectivity – the Observer Research Foundation, Indiana University Bloomington, and my colleagues at the ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Phillip Min at the “U.S. Rebalance to the Asia Pacific” Conference in Kochi

KOCHI: Good Afternoon!  It’s a pleasure to be back in “God’s Own Country.”  This is my second visit to Kerala, and my first visit to Kochi.  The people of this great city have welcomed me with incredible warmth, generosity and hospitality, and I am very excited to be here. Let me begin by thanking the ...
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Remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Frank A. Rose at Observer Research Foundation

“U.S.-India Space Security Cooperation: A Partnership for the 21st Century”   (As prepared for delivery) Thank you very much. Again, my name is Frank Rose.  It’s an honor to return to India in my new role as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance. I’d like to thank the Observer Research ...
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India’s Vibrant Muslim Communities Vital to U.S.-India Strategic Partnership

In a March 4 town hall at the India Islamic Cultural Centre (IICC), U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma told India’s leading Muslim entrepreneurs, scholars, and clerics that they were each “vital players in advancing our countries’ shared values and vision.” Noting that “the future of the U.S.-India relationship depends on human capital,” Ambassador ...
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“India and the United States: Building Strong and Sustainable Economies for Our People”: Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma

At Indian Business School, Hyderabad (As prepared for delivery) Dean Rangnekar, thank you for that kind introduction. I’d like to begin by welcoming members of the many business chambers with us here tonight:  the American Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Indian Industry, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Indo-American Chamber ...
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Statement of U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew at the Joint Press Conference with Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

(As Prepared for Delivery) It is a great honor to be back in India for my first visit as Treasury Secretary, and I want to thank Finance Minister Jaitley for hosting me today. The Obama administration has made deepening the bonds between the United States and India a key priority.  The President reaffirmed that commitment ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Verma at Asia Society Event, “A New Moment”

Thank you for that introduction, Bunty. And thank you to all of the Asia Society staff, members, and guests for welcoming me this evening.  Although I traveled to western India last month to accompany Secretary Kerry to Vibrant Gujarat, this is my first visit to Mumbai as Ambassador.  It’s a pleasure to spend part of ...
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Remarks by Consul General Phillip A. Min at TechCamp Chennai

CHENNAI: Good morning, everyone!  Vannakkam!  It’s a pleasure to be here at TechCamp Chennai with such a diverse group of individuals – non-profit leaders, technology experts, and students – all working together to use technology for the greater good. Before you dive into your technical sessions, I want to speak briefly about why we organize ...
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Ambassador Richard R. Verma’s Remarks at the Vivekananda International Foundation: U.S. – India Relations: The Way Forward

From Possibilities to Progress     (As Prepared for Delivery) Namaskar.  Good Morning. Let me start by thanking the Vivekananda International Foundation‎ and the Heritage Foundation for organizing today’s event. And in particular, a special thanks to the Director of Vivekananda General NC Vij and Lisa Curtis of Heritage. Distinguished members of the audience, Friends, members ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Phillip Min at Consumer Product Safety Seminar

“U.S. GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS ON PRODUCT SAFETY” CHENNAI: Vanakkam! Good Morning!  I am delighted to be here with all of you today to inaugurate this two-day seminar on consumer product safety. Thank you to the Consumer Association of India and specifically to Ms. Desikan, Mr. Desiraju, Ms. Thuraisingham and all the participants who are working towards ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Phillip Min at Seven Performance in Chennai

CHENNAI: Good Evening!  On behalf of the U.S. Mission in India, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to this performance of “Seven.”  Tonight’s program begins our efforts as part of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign. In 1991 the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) of Rutgers University in New ...
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Consul General Phillip A. Min Remarks at The Confederation of Indian Industry Lunch for South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

GREETING Good afternoon and thank you for the very warm welcome. We are delighted to have the Governor from the great state of South Carolina, Nikki Haley, with us today in Chennai.  But before formally introducing the Governor, with her permission, I would like to say a few words about the U.S. business profile in ...
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Information Officer Emily S. Fertik’s Remarks for Behind The Lines/Between The Lines International Film Festival

CHENNAI: Good afternoon.  I am thrilled to be here with our valued partners from Aseema Trust to announce the start of a very special film festival honoring the memory and celebrating the ideals of slain journalist Daniel Pearl and his love of the arts. Thank you to Devika and to Uma for their incredible work ...
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Remarks of SELECTUSA Executive Director Ambassador Thummalapally at Bangalore Chamber Of Industry & Commerce Networking Event

BANGALORE: Thank you. This is the last full day of official business on my trip. We’ve been to Delhi, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, and Mumbai.  We’ve had an incredible reception in every city, and that is due to the tremendous number of Indian companies that want to learn more about doing business in United States. Today is ...
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Remarks of Consul General Phillip Min at USIEF-IIE EducationUSA Fair 2014

CHENNAI: Vanakkam and good afternoon!  I am delighted to be here today to inaugurate the USIEF-IIE EducationUSA Fair.  This is an annual flagship event for our EducationUSA office. Today you are taking part along with students all over India – across 5 cities – Hyderabad, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. I arrived in Chennai only ...
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Remarks of SELECTUSA Executive Director Ambassador Thummalapally at Indo-American Chamber Of Commerce Networking Event

COIMBATORE: Thank you.  Tamil Nadu is home to storied textile companies, and we are starting to see new chapters being added to those stories.  Each time we interact with companies from here, it just reinforces our point that the U.S. is an important strategic market in ways that many would never consider.  I have been ...
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Remarks of Acting Consul General Lawrence Mire on ‘Business Opportunities Between U.S.A & India’

CHENNAI: Good Evening. Dr. Rajan Natarajan, Deputy Secretary of State of Maryland, Chamber President, senior officials, and distinguished members of the Tamil Chamber of Commerce and Industry.  It is my great pleasure to be here tonight, and have the opportunity to meet with you. We are so very lucky to be alive right here, right ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Chikmagalur House Project Inauguration

CHENNAI: Good Afternoon! Vanakkam! Asalamu alaikkum! As U.S. Consul General, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity over the last three years to travel widely throughout South India and see first-hand the tremendous cultural diversity that enriches this region – from language to food; from clothing to political views; from religious practices to traditional ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, U.S. Embassy Chargé D’affaires, Independence Day Celebration

(As prepared for delivery) Namaste.  Salaam Alekum. Welcome to Roosevelt House. Thank you all for joining us to celebrate America’s National Day. Our Independence Day.  The 238th birthday of the United States of America. The Third of July. OK, we’re a day early. But even that is an American tradition. We like getting a jumpstart on a long weekend of ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Michael Pelletier at Patna University

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good morning, namaste, a salaam aleikum. Vice Chancellor Simhadri, Principal Sinha, faculty and students, thank you for this opportunity to be with you today and talk about the U.S.-India relationship – something that I’m very excited and hopeful about.  I am also particularly excited and hopeful about the future during events ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the Inauguration of American Corner

(As Prepared for Delivery)  KOTTAYAM: Namaskaram!  I always enjoy traveling to the beautiful, historic state of Kerala to represent the people and government of the United States.  It is a pleasure for me to be here again to inaugurate this American Corner in Kottayam. This Corner – the eighth and the newest in India – ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the Maritime Trade and Security Conference

KOCHI:  Ladies and gentlemen, good morning!  On behalf of the U.S. Consulate General Chennai, I welcome you all to South India for the second component of the Maritime Security Conference. In Chennai, we discussed how a range of maritime issues affect Tamil Nadu and the surrounding region.  Today, we’ll have a Kerala perspective.  Like Chennai, ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the Maritime Trade and Security Conference

CHENNAI: Ladies and gentlemen, good morning! On behalf of the U.S. Consulate General, I welcome you to this important conference in the thoroughly apropos location of Chennai. Three years ago, in July 2011,then U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made a historic trip to Chennai. Addressing a huge public gathering here, she stated: “In this ...
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Remarks by David Gainer, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General, Chennai, at the Maritime Trade and Security Conference Press Conference

CHENNAI: Vannakam !  Good Afternoon, I am delighted to welcome members of the media for this press conference on the “Maritime Trade and Security Conference,” which starts tomorrow.  It also gives me great pleasure to welcome David Michel, from The Henry L. Stimson Center in Washington D.C.; and Dr. P.K. Ghosh from the Observer Research ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre for VA Tech Opening

CHENNAI: Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Evening.  It’s an honor to be here tonight to celebrate the launch of the Virginia Tech India-Institute of Critical Technology and Applied Science, or “ICTAS.” This ground-breaking partnership initiative is one that I hope can serve as a model for other institutions seeking to expand educational collaborations between the U.S. ...
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Remarks of U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell at the SHARE-FICCI MOU Exchange Program

CHENNAI: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.  I am delighted to be here today to participate in the launch of the Partnerships Beyond Borders initiative. Let me first start by expressing my appreciation to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), and the South-To-South HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (SHARE), for conceiving this joint initiative. ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell at American Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting

(As prepared for delivery) Mr. Kant, Mr. Singha, distinguished members of the Amcham Board, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon.  It is so nice to see a lot of welcoming faces, colleagues, and friends of both the United States and India.  I want to thank you for your kind invitation and the opportunity to address Amcham, ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at TIE Panel Discussion ‘Women in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities’

CHENNAI: Thank you for the opportunity to open this panel today on the issue of gender equality within the workplace. In the next few minutes, I’d like to provide some of my observations related to women’s economic participation, and mention a few ways in which my organization – the United States Department of State – ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consulate General, Chennai Deputy Consular Chief Michael Cathey

BENGALURU: Good morning and warm greetings to you all. I am delighted to be here this morning for presenting the “Certificate of Achievement” to the students who successfully completed the “English Access Microscholarship Program” at Government High School in Uttarahalli. I am very impressed with the School and CSA team for their vision and commitment ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Meeting with the Expat Entrepreneurs Circle

BANGALORE: Good evening, distinguished members of the Expat Entrepreneurs Circle (EEC), and ladies and gentlemen.  It is my great pleasure to be here tonight to participate in the second anniversary meeting of the EEC, and to have the opportunity to interact with you. Joining me this evening from the U.S. Consulate in Chennai are: our ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Helen LaFave at the Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility

As prepared for delivery Namaskar, Good evening. I would like to welcome you all to this Symposium on Corporate Social Responsibility.  Thank you for your interest and for taking the time to be here this evening. Thank you Mr Kallol Datta, President Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry and your wonderful team for partnering with ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre for the Poynter Institute Journalism Workshop

CHENNAI: Good Morning! On behalf of the U.S. Consulate, Chennai, I’d like to thank Howard and the entire Poynter team for traveling here for this series of workshops. I would also like to thank Poynter’s local partner organizations – M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women in Chennai; The Kerala Press Academy in Kochi; and The Indian ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the Women Entrepreneurs Event

MADURAI Chairperson Jeevagan, Mr. Subramaniam, esteemed colleagues on the dais, Members of the Women Entrepreneurs wing of Tami Nadu Chamber, honorees, and ladies and gentlemen, good morning!   I am delighted to be back in the beautiful and historic city of Madurai and honored to participate with you in recognizing the outstanding women of Madurai during ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at the U.S. Education Promotion Seminar

CHENNAI: Good afternoon everyone. I am delighted to see this eager crowd of students and their parents interested in higher education in the United States. Education is one of the most important links between the United States and India and much of the vibrancy in our countries’ relationship today comes from the people-to-people links that ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Access America Inauguration

MADRUAI: Vanakkam.  I would like to thank Mr. S. Rethinavelu, Senior President, Mr. N. Jegatheesan, President and the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce Madurai for their wonderful hospitality and support for growing U.S.-India business ties with Madurai. The United States has been heavily engaged with Madurai area companies to explore opportunities for business partnerships, and ...
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Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal’s Announcement of USAID Grants to Bangalore-Based Projects

BENGALURU: I am pleased to be here to highlight this latest addition to the constellation of amazing cooperative activities between the United States and India to expand access to clean energy.  Thank you to our hardworking partners on these projects, SELCO and Orb Energy.  Nowhere is U.S.-India collaboration more important than in working together to ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Bengaluru Techcamp for NGOs & Journalists

BENGALURU: Good afternoon members of Karnataka NGOs and media outlets, resource experts and students. I am excited to be here at TechCamp Bengaluru with such a diverse group of individuals from many different Indian states working together using technology for the greater good. It sounds like you’ve had a busy, and hopefully stimulating, morning. Before ...
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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Nancy J. Powell at the Modern High School for Girls

(As prepared for delivery) Nomoskar, salamalekum, and good morning, everyone. Ms. Birla, Ms. Somany, Director Kar, Principal Dutt, faculty, staff, and students, thank you for welcoming me to Modern High School for Girls this morning. I understand my visit has delayed your examinations – I am not sure whether that is welcome or not! Many ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre for the Inauguration of Mdrf-Uab-Fiu 12th International Seminar on ‘Prevention and Control of NCDS &a

CHENNAI: Good afternoon Dr. Kurpad, Dr. Mohan, and all those involved in the prevention of non-communicable diseases here in India and worldwide. It is my great pleasure to participate in this important seminar hosted by the Madras Diabetes Research Foundation – and to honor Dr. Kurpad of the St. John’s Research Institute in Bangalore. This ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry

BELGAUM: Good Evening. President Rajendrakumar, senior officials, and distinguished members of the Belgaum Chamber of Commerce and Industry. I am delighted to finally have the chance to visit Belgaum. During this visit, we look forward to exploring opportunities for partnership with BCCI, and to learn how the U.S. Consulate may be able to assist you ...
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Remarks of U.S. Consul General Jennifer McIntyre at Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce

BANGALORE: Good morning, President H.V. Harish; Senior Vice President A.N. Chandramouli; and distinguished members of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce. The U.S. Consulate and Commercial Service office in Bangalore have enjoyed a long and productive partnership with BCIC with collaborative initiatives and events such as the one today. I was delighted to have ...
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