“Respect for human rights and strong democratic institutions are key elements of our strategic partnership and values enshrined in our constitutions,” Eric Michael Garcetti stated.
While observing that India is situated in a “tough neighbourhood”, Joe Biden who is the US presidential nominee for the next envoy to New Delhi on Tuesday stated that lawmakers that he will double down on the efforts of America to strengthen India’s capacity to “secure its borders, defend its sovereignty and deter aggression”.
Eric Michael Garcetti who is 50 years old, is currently serving as the Mayor of Los Angeles and is a personal confidant of Biden.
While his confirmation hearing for US Ambassador to India, Garcetti stated that, “India is situated in a tough neighbourhood. If confirmed, I intend to double-down on our efforts to strengthen India’s capacity to secure its borders, defend its sovereignty and deter aggression.”
Garcetti said he will make the precious efforts “through information sharing, counterterrorism coordination, joint freedom of navigation patrols and military exercises (which I have participated in as a naval officer alongside my Indian counterparts), and sales of our best defence technologies in order to realize the full potential of our major defence partnership.”
He stated that if confirmed, he shall work very closely with India to support a similarly bold approach to promote green energy through the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and through the Agenda 2030 Climate and Clean Energy Partnership.
“The bedrock of our partnership is the human ties that connect our nations, embodied by the four million strong Indian-American diasporas that strengthen our nation and the nearly two hundred thousand Indian students and tens of thousands of Indian professionals who contribute to our economy,” Garcetti stated.
“In addition, respect for human rights and strong democratic institutions are key elements of our strategic partnership and values enshrined in our constitutions, and if confirmed, I will engage closely and regularly with the Indian government on these issues,” he further said.
“Today, the fundamental nature of that strategic partnership is firmly ingrained in both Washington and New Delhi. Twenty years ago President Biden, then Chairman of this esteemed committee, called for a new and ambitious vision of US-India ties. Thanks to successive administrations — Democratic and Republican — and the bipartisan work of this Congress, that strong new chapter is upon us,” he stated.
“Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, bilateral trade is expected to reach new heights and if confirmed, I intend to champion an ambitious economic partnership with India that reduces market access barriers and bolsters fair trade and creates good jobs for the American middle class,” Garcetti stated.