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Congressman Pallone Discusses U.S.-India Relations

April 2003
Congressman Pallone Discusses U.S.-India Relations

In his speech to the Federation of Indian-American Association of Georgia (FIA), Rep. Pallone discussed several issues relating to U.S.-India relations. He stated that the friendship between the two countries is getting stronger day by day. Today, India and the U.S. are cooperating in science, technology, military and information technology. Trade between the two countries has also been increasing rapidly. The India Caucus has been playing an important role in strengthening the ties between the world's two largest democracies. The well-attended dinner, organized by FIA, was held on March 1st at Sumant Center in Lake City, GA.

While introducing Congressman Pallone, Mr. Ashwin Patel, President of FIA, lauded the significant role played by Rep. Pallone in building and promoting U.S.-India ties since 1993. The Congressman from New Jersey founded the Caucus on India and Indian-Americans, and has served as a Democratic co-chair from 1993 to 1998. Mr. Patel further stated that in 2002 the Government of India recognized Rep. Pallone for his long-standing commitment to India-U.S. relations by awarding him the Padma Bhushan.

With regard to cross-border terrorism, Rep. Pallone told the audience that the U.S. Government has been asking President Musharaff to make all efforts to stop the infiltration as per his promises. He felt that a war between India and Pakistan would be a disaster and not in the interest of both countries. He said that both governments should resolve the dispute through peaceful means. Finally, Congressman advised Indian-Americans to take an active role in the governance of America at the federal, state and local levels.

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