Number of Indian Students in the United States Rises for Fifth Consecutive Year

The number of Indians studying in the United States increased by 5.4 percent over the last year to 196,271, according to the 2018 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today. This marks the fifth consecutive year that the total number of Indians pursuing their higher education in the United States has grown. Speaking ...
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New Programs Launched at the Women Entrepreneurs Conclave 2.0

New Delhi, October 22, 2018: In partnership with the U.S. Embassy New Delhi and its four Consulates in Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Kolkata, TiE Global launched two programs, AIRSWEEE Scale-Up Fellows and AIRSWEEE Global Fellows at the “Women Entrepreneurs Conclave 2.0 – Engaged and Empowered,” being held on October 22-23 at the India Habitat Centre ...
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USAID Makes Credit Available to SMEs and Groups Engaged in India’s Sustainable Landscape

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today, announced a new partnership designed to support enterprises and projects engaged in the sustainable landscapes sector in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land use. This ten-year partnership with the Rabobank Foundation, the Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth, and the Samunnati Financial Intermediation and Private Services ...
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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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Remarks by Ambassador Juster at Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention Inaugural Session

Introduction Good morning.  I am pleased to be back in Mumbai – India’s economic and business capital.  I want to thank the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce for inviting me to this year’s Annual Convention – which also commemorates the 50th anniversary of the IACC.  Indeed, I am proud to say that one of my predecessors ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Prime Minister Modi

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Today Secretary Pompeo, jointly with Secretary Mattis, met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Secretary Pompeo conveyed the importance attached by President Trump to the deepening strategic partnership between the United States and India, and U.S. support for India’s role as a leading global power and regional ...
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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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Joint Statement on the Inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman welcomed Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis to India on September 6, 2018, for the inaugural U.S.-India Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue. They welcomed the launch of the 2+2 Dialogue as a reflection of the shared commitment by ...
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Opening 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: Secretary of State Mr. Michael Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mr. James Mattis, my esteemed colleague Nirmala Sitharaman, Excellencies: I extend a very warm welcome to you to India. We are ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:‎ Secretary Pompeo met today in New Delhi, India with Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj ahead of the opening of the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. Secretary Pompeo and Minister Swaraj discussed joint efforts to promote a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. The Secretary and Minister Swaraj also ...
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Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Co-operation and Integration

New Delhi: At a public event organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), Shri RK Singh, Honorable Minister of Power of the Government of India, and Kenneth I. Juster, U.S. Ambassador to India, inaugurated the Regional Conference on Enhancing Energy Co-operation and Integration in South Asia. Access to reliable, affordable, and clean energy is a high ...
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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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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Passing of Former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Washington, DC On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the people of India on the recent passing of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. We know that many Indians will reflect on Prime Minister Vajpayee’s many contributions that led to India’s rise as a global ...
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U.S. Embassy New Delhi Statement on Passing of Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The United States grieves with India on the loss of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.  He will be remembered for his immense contribution in bolstering U.S.-India relations.  During his tenure, Prime Minister Vajpayee advocated for a robust partnership with the United States, referring to us as “natural allies.”  The U.S. Mission in India extends ...
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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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United States and India to Hold 2+2 Dialogue on September 6

The United States is pleased to announce that the inaugural U.S.-India “2+2” Dialogue will be held in New Delhi, India, on September 6. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis look forward to meeting with their Indian counterparts, Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman, ...
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U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley visits India

U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited New Delhi from June 26-28 to meet with members of the Indian government and civil society and discuss strengthening U.S.-India cooperation on international issues. Ambassador Haley met with Prime Minister Modi at his residence and attended a meeting and working dinner hosted by External Affairs ...
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United States and India To Hold 2+2 Dialogue on July 6

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minister of Defense Nirmala Sitharaman in Washington, D.C., for the inaugural U.S.-India 2+2 Dialogue on July 6. The meeting will focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defense cooperation as the United States and India ...
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U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Juster Visits Lucknow June 6-7

LUCKNOW – The U.S. Ambassador to India, Mr. Kenneth I. Juster, visited Lucknow June 6-7. On his first official visit to the city, Ambassador Juster met with Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In addition, Dr. Ammar Rizvi welcomed the Ambassador to a traditional dinner featuring awadhi cuisine. Guests included representatives from Lucknow’s ...
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Foreign Missions in Delhi Celebrate Commitment of their Country to Full Equality for All Human Beings

Foreign Missions in New Delhi Celebrate the Commitment of their Country to Full Equality for all Human Beings Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT day), we the undersigned diplomatic missions in India’s capital, reaffirm our countries’ strong commitment to promoting the ...
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Visiting State Department Official Sees Impact of Educational Exchanges

Ambassador Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, visited the U.S.-India Education Foundation (USIEF) this weekend to underline the importance the U.S. government places on promoting educational exchanges between the world’s two largest democracies. The meeting came at the start of Ambassador Galt’s week-long ...
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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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U.S.-India Major Defense Partnership Highlighted at DEFEXPO 2018

CHENNAI: U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster and Major General Bryan Suntheimer, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Pacific, led a large and diverse U.S. delegation to DEFEXPO 2018, the key defense trade exhibition for India and the region. The delegation included active duty military officers, officials, and industry executives, demonstrating the depth and ...
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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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U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Discusses Strengthening the Strategic Military-to-Military Partnership with the Republic of India

The U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, Gen. David L. Goldfein departed New Delhi Sunday following meetings with U.S. Embassy leadership as well as Republic of India military leadership to discuss strengthening the strategic military-to-military partnership with India. On Wednesday, Gen. Goldfein met with U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of India, Hon. Kenneth I. Juster. ...
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Full Transcript: Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster’s Inaugural Policy Address

U.S.-India Relations: Building a Durable Partnership for the 21st Century Dr. Mohan:  Good afternoon.  I’m Raja Mohan, the Director for Carnegie India.  I’d like to welcome you all for this very special session with the new U.S. Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster.  He’s the new Ambassador, but I think he’s an old friend of India’s, ...
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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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Joint Statement on the First U.S.-India Counterterrorism Designations Dialogue

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and India on the occasion of the first U.S.-India Counterterrorism Designations Dialogue. Begin Text: The inaugural U.S.-India Counterterrorism Designations Dialogue was held in New Delhi, India on December 18-19 to discuss increasing bilateral cooperation on terrorism-related designations. The ...
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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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Fact Sheet: President Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling a new National Security Strategy that sets a positive strategic direction for the United States that will restore America’s advantages in the world and build upon our country’s great strengths. The 2017 National ...
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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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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Anniversary of the Birth of Guru Nanak Devji

Today, President Donald J. Trump sends warm wishes to Sikh Americans and Sikhs around the world as they celebrate the birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji, the founder and first guru of Sikhism. The Sikh community today exemplifies the fundamental values that all Americans share: peace, tolerance, compassion, and service. President Trump also recognizes the ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary Judith Garber Travels to Goa, India

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith Garber will travel to Goa, India, November 1-2. Acting Assistant Secretary Garber will lead the U.S. delegation to the inaugural U.S.-India Ocean Dialogue, hosted by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs at India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial ...
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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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Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis Travels to India

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will embark on Sunday, Sept. 24, to underscore the enduring U.S. commitment to strategic partner India. From Tuesday, Sept. 26. to Sept. 28, Secretary Mattis visits India where he will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the India Gate, and will meet with the Defense Minister of India Nirmala Sitharaman, ...
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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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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to congratulate the 1.2 billion citizens of India, who will celebrate 70 years of freedom and independence on August 15. The leaders resolved to enhance peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region by establishing a new 2-by-2 ministerial dialogue that will elevate ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on Indian Independence Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, best wishes to the people of India as they celebrate their independence day and continue the journey we began together 70 years ago. The United States is proud to stand with the people of India, the ...
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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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International Incubator Nexus graduates its premier group of startups

New Delhi — The Nexus Incubator, a collaboration between the University of Texas and the U.S. State Department graduated its first group of 10 startups on Friday, July 21. The Startups were chosen from over 113 applications from all over India, underwent an intense 10 week training program that featured workshops led by expert speakers ...
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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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Field Activities in India Yield Evidence Possibly Associated with U.S. WWII Unaccounted-For Personnel

New Delhi — The U.S. Department of Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA) conducted field activities in Arunachal Pradesh, India from November 1 – December 14, 2016, in search of U.S. World War II unaccounted for personnel.  The DPAA team recovered evidence that was subsequently examined by a Joint Forensic Review Committee ...
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Photo Exhibition on Indian Religious Traditions in U.S. Opens at American Center, New Delhi

A unique photo exhibition on Indian religious traditions in the United States began at the American Center today. “Keeping Faith: Indian Religious Traditions in the United States,” which will run from May 18-31, 2017, showcases how Indian-Americans practice their faith and traditions in the United States, as well as the ways Indian faith and traditions ...
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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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Innovate in India, IPR is the key

Op-ed by Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Loss Carlson A neo-natal resuscitator that saves newborn children’s lives. An organic bio-stimulant that increases crop yields while simultaneously reducing fertiliser requirements. A device that provides a dignified solution for bowel function to bed-ridden patients. What do they all have in common? All are Indo-American innovations that are making a ...
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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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Visit of U.S. National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster

U.S. National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster departed India today after productive meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.  NSA McMaster emphasized the importance of the U.S.-India strategic relationship and reaffirmed India’s designation as a Major Defense Partner.  The two sides discussed a range ...
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Defense Secretary Meets With Indian National Security Advisor

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2017 — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hosted Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the Pentagon today to discuss the importance of the U.S.-India relationship and the role of both nations in cooperating to uphold international laws and principles, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said in a  statement  following the meeting. Read More
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Sec. Tillerson to host Ministers of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS, March 22

On March 22, Secretary Tillerson will host the foreign ministers and senior leaders of the Global Coalition working to defeat ISIS. This meeting will take place at the Department of State in Washington D.C., and will be the first meeting of the full Coalition, now at 68 members, since December 2014. We are at an ...
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Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States

Release Date: March 21, 2017 Office of Public Affairs, Department of Homeland Security Overview: Change to international travel carry-on items Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of ...
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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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U.S.-India Strategic Partnership on Display at Aero India 2017

Bengaluru — The United States is proud to be a leading contributor to Aero India 2017.  Our robust participation is a testament to the strength of the United States and India’s strategic partnership.  The high-level U.S. delegation, impressive array of American military platforms and personnel, and significant representation from U.S. industry are a concrete example ...
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Chargé d’affaires MaryKay Carlson visits Kolkata

Chargé d’affaires (CDA) MaryKay Carlson started her day watching the  #superbowl  with members of the Kolkata Vipers football team at the American Center. CDA Carlson later visited the Access program at the  Samaritan Help Mission  in Howrah and encouraged students to study hard and follow their dreams. She took a boat ride to  Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math  later in the afternoon with Consul ...
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Ambassador Verma’s Farewell Meeting with Prime Minister Modi

It was a pleasure to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today on the last day of my tenure as U.S. Ambassador to India. We spoke about a range of issues, and the substantial progress we have made in the U.S.-India relationship over the past two years. We discussed bilateral accomplishments in the area of ...
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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 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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Amitabh Bachchan & Ambassador Richard Verma Go Live to Talk TB

Mumbai, January 8:  U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma and legendary Indian actor Mr. Amitabh Bachchan came together for a Live Video Chat on Facebook, dedicating their Sunday evening to talk about the important issue of tuberculosis (TB) with their fans and followers.  Going live from Mumbai, the two talked about the U.S. Embassy’s ...
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U.S. and India Search for WWII American Airmen

  The U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) recently completed a mission in India to locate the remains of servicemen missing since World War II.  The DPAA team concentrated their efforts on sites where U.S. aircraft are believed to have crashed in the Himalayas with still unaccounted-for U.S. servicemen.  The DPAA team visited several locations in Arunachal Pradesh to determine ...
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U.S. – India Defense Relations Fact Sheet, December 8, 2016

Today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited India for the third time since becoming Secretary of Defense, for his seventh meeting with Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar. In his many years at the Department of Defense, Ash Carter has spearheaded efforts to deepen and broaden U.S.-India Defense cooperation. As a result, the United States and India today ...
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India-United States Joint Statement on the visit of Secretary of Defense Carter to India, December 8, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made an official visit to India at the invitation of Raksha Mantri Shri Manohar Parrikar today, marking the seventh interaction between the two leaders.  Raksha Mantri Parrikar and Secretary Carter reviewed the tremendous progress made in bilateral defense ties and discussed the immense promise for the future of India-U.S. ...
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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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Readout of Secretary Carter’s Meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout Today Secretary Carter met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his final trip to India as U.S. secretary of defense. The two discussed the tremendous progress in bilateral defense ties between the United States and India and the irreversible progress the strategic partnership has enjoyed ...
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Statement by U.S. Ambassador Verma on the M777 Howitzer Acquisition

Yesterday, India and the United States signed a landmark deal for 145 M777 howitzer artillery guns.  Indian industry will partner with the U.S. defense subsidiary of BAE Systems to locally assemble, integrate, and test the howitzers, supporting Prime Minister Modi’s Make-in-India campaign.  This deal marks a major step forward in the U.S.-India defense relationship and ...
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U.S. Embassy Commemorates World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day. This is a day of remembrance for those who have lost their lives to AIDS. This day also provides an opportunity for governments, donors, civil society, and other stakeholders to raise awareness, prevent new infections, improve the lives of people living with HIV, and work toward an AIDS-free generation ...
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Ambassador Richard Verma Visits Amritsar

Richard R. Verma, the United States Ambassador to India, was honored to pay a return visit to Amritsar, Punjab on November 23.  The Ambassador paid his respects at Sri Harmandir Sahib, commonly known as the Golden Temple, the spiritual center of the Sikh faith.  He took part in a traditional langar, serving food to worshipers ...
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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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Ambassador Richard Verma Launches 3rd Triangular Training in Agriculture at Jaipur

Training Part of $4 Million Joint U.S.-India Agriculture Program Jaipur: The U.S. Ambassador to India Richard R. Verma inaugurated today the third U.S.-India triangular training on “Emerging Trends in Fruits and Vegetable Marketing” at the CCS National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM) in Jaipur. The training is part of a $4 million collaborative partnership between ...
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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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The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) and ELS Educational Services, Inc. (ELS), of Princeton, NJ will organize U.S. Education Fairs for twenty U.S. institutions of higher education in four cities in Nepal and India between November 14 and 19, 2016. The U.S. Education Fairs will take place during International Education Week during which the U.S. government ...
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Open Doors Report Shows Trends in Student Mobility between India and the United States

International student enrollment in the U.S. tops one million for the first time Students from India increased by 25% to 165,918 – Record Number of Students, Record Increase An increasing number of students are crossing the globe to gain practical, international experience that they can apply in their careers and life in a global society. ...
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Air Quality and Health Workshop Explores Bilateral Research Opportunities

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum , the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sponsored the Indo-US Workshop to Explore Bilateral Research Opportunities to Address Air Quality and Health Issues from November 8-10 at the Indian Habitat Centre.  Research Triangle International and the Embassy of the United States of America in ...
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Ambassador’s Statement on the U.S. Presidential Election Results

The results are in. The polls are closed. American voters have voted, and the American people have spoken. With these votes, and with this voice, Americans have elected Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.  We are here today, not to celebrate an individual winner, or to side with a particular ...
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USAID and RBL Bank Announce $75 million in Loan Guarantee for Clean Energy Projects

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Mumbai-based RBL Bank announced today a new loan portfolio guarantee that will facilitate up to $75 million for lending to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in off-grid, solar rooftops, and energy efficiency sectors. This guarantee, the first of its kind between USAID and an Indian private sector bank, will support innovative solutions and business ...
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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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U.S. Ambassador Richard R. Verma visits Raipur

Mumbai –  United States Ambassador to India, Richard R. Verma, visited Raipur on October 25, 2016 for his first official visit to Chhattisgarh. During his visit, Ambassador Verma met with the Honorable Chief Minister Raman Singh and senior state officials to discuss U.S.-India cooperation and developments in the state. In addition to his official meetings, ...
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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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India and United States Joint Statement on the Trade Policy Forum, Delhi

Minister of Commerce and Industry of India Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman met in Delhi on October 20, 2016, for the tenth ministerial-level meeting of the India and United States Trade Policy Forum (TPF). The Ministers agreed that the TPF has greatly strengthened U.S. – India engagement on bilateral trade ...
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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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Framework for the U.S.-India Cyber Relationship

1.    Shared Principles          Cooperation on cyber issues is a key component of the bilateral relationship between India and the United States. The two countries have created a wide-ranging strategic partnership that reflects their shared values, democratic traditions, national security and economic interests, and common vision and principles for cyberspace. Consistent with their ...
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Joint Statement: Second India-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue

1.         India and the United States held the second India-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue in New Delhi today. External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry of India Nirmala Sitharaman co-chaired the dialogue with U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. ...
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U.S. Air Force Secretary Discusses Future Air Force to Air Force Cooperation with Defense Leaders

DELHI – U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James departed Delhi August 28th following meetings with Indian defense leadership. During her three-day stay she met with various senior defense leaders including Secretary Department of Defence Production Ashok Kumar Gupta, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha and Vice Chief of Air Staff Air Marshal Birender ...
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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 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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Under Secretary Kendall visits India

Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics at the U.S. Department of Defense visited India from July 25-28. During his visit he took part in the semi-annual Defense Technology and Trade Initiative (DTTI) and had fruitful meetings with his counterparts at the Ministry of Defence in Delhi. USD Kendall and his ...
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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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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma to Mark U.S.-India Peacekeeping Cooperation in Africa

(As prepared for delivery)  Minister Akbar, General Rai, thank you for your leadership and for hosting this wonderful reception.  It is a sincere pleasure to be here to celebrate the great work we’re doing together on UN peacekeeping and our growing cooperation with African partners.  I’d like to especially acknowledge my counterparts from the African ...
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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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East-West Center 2016 International Media Conference in New Delhi

East-West Center 2016 International Media Conference in New Delhi Expected to Attract Hundreds of Journalists Focus is on linkages between South and East Asia, as well as global media trends Conference website: EastWestCenter.org/imc2016 HONOLULU (June 28, 2016) — Several hundred journalists from Asia, the Pacific and the United States will gather in New Delhi September 8-11 ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at the Atlantic Council U.S.-India Trade Initiative Workshop: Taking US/India Trade to the Next Level

Taking US/India Trade to the Next Level The Atlantic Council U.S.-India Trade Initiative Workshop Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma (As prepared for delivery) Good morning everyone.  It is a sincere pleasure to be with you all here today for the inaugural U.S.-India Trade Initiative Workshop.  Thank you, Governor Huntsman, for that warm welcome.  Governor ...
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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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The U.S. and India Announce Fifth and Final Round of U.S.-India 21st Century Knowledge Initiative Awards

In a continuation of the educational partnership between the United States and India, the U.S. Department of State and the University Grants Commission are pleased to announce the eight institutional partnership projects for the fifth and final round of Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards (formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative).  The ...
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U.S. Mission to India Announces Indian and Bhutanese Global Entrepreneurship Summit Delegates

The U.S. Embassy New Delhi is happy to announce that eight Indian and two Bhutanese delegates will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) taking place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, California. They will be joining more than 700 entrepreneurs from around the world along with investors, speakers, and leaders in the entrepreneurship space.  The ...
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Global Entry MOU with India to Expedite Smooth, Faster Travel

Citizens of India eyeing a visit to the U.S. are one step closer to smoother entry under a new CBP Trusted Traveler initiative signed by representatives from both nations June 3. CBP Deputy Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan and Arun K. Singh, ambassador of India to the U.S., signed a Memorandum of Understanding toward India’s participation ...
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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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Creation of the North India Office at Embassy New Delhi

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the creation of a North India Office that will manage U.S. Government outreach to the more than 355 million Indian citizens that live in the Embassy’s New Delhi Consular District. As the U.S. relationship with India strengthens, the extent of our partnership becomes more diverse and deeper.   ...
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Obama and Modi: Partners in climate

By Michael Buchanan – Jun 7, 2016 President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have forged a special relationship since their first meeting in 2014 — one that includes a particular interest in clean energy and climate change .That bond was on display when Obama hosted the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy at the White House on June 7. ...
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U.S., Indian and Japanese Maritime Forces to Participate in Malabar 2016

Sasebo, Japan | June 9, 2016 By Commander, Task Force (CTF) 70 Public Affairs SASEBO, JAPAN (June 9, 2016) – Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in the annual exercise Malabar 2016, June 9-17, 2016. Malabar 2016 is the latest in a continuing series of complex, high-end ...
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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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North India Office at Embassy New Delhi

During 2016, the North India Office’s first full year of operation, the office will focus on programs on skills development, smart cities, improving air quality, promoting multicultural societies, boosting economic growth, and combating gender-based violence with partners throughout the region. The North India Office has already helped the Embassy expand this outreach to every state in ...
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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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U.S. Embassy Organizes Lucknow Workshop on Combating Air Pollution in North India

The Embassy of the United States of America today opened a two-day workshop here on combating air pollution in North India. Mr. Sanjiv Saran (IAS), Chairman, UP Pollution Control Board and Mr. Jonathan Kessler, Director-North India Office, US Embassy New Delhi, inaugurated the workshop, which is part of a series of workshops being held in ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes Chandigarh Workshop on Combating Air Pollution in North India

The Embassy of the United States of America today opened a two-day workshop here on combating air pollution in North India. Shri Manpreet Singh, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board and Prof. Arun Kumar Grover, Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University inaugurated the workshop, which is part of a series of workshops being held in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, ...
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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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U.S. Embassy Launches Four-City Workshop on Combating Air Pollution in North India, May 17-26, 2016

The Embassy of the United States of America today launched a series of workshops on combatting air pollution in North India.  Health Minister of Delhi, Mr. Satyender Jain, inaugurated the workshops which will be held in New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, and Lucknow from May 17-26.  The workshops are organized by the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) ...
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U.S. and India Partner to Address Air Pollution and Promote Development

Remarks by Michael P. Pelletier, Chargé d’Affaires Air Quality Workshop: Combatting Air Pollution in North India The Taj Mahal Hotel, New Delhi | May 17, 2016 (As prepared for delivery) Thank you Dr. Sagnik Dey for your introduction.  I am pleased to be here with the Delhi Health Minister, Mr. Satyender Jain.  I would like ...
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Assistant Secretary Biswal Travel to India

Washington | April 17, 2016 Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will travel to India April 18-21, where she will meet with government officials and business leaders to discuss opportunities for greater engagement. While in India, the Assistant Secretary will meet government leaders to discuss a trade and ...
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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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“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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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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