Washington, DC: There has been a qualitative improvement in the relationship between the US and India, Atul Keshap, a top American diplomat said, lauding the contributions of the Indian American community to make the bilateral ties as strong as they are now.
Keshap, 50, a career US Foreign Service Officer, was addressing the community during an event hosted by Indiaspora last Wednesday after his recent return from New Delhi where he served as US’ interim Chargé d’ affaires.
“In my 70 days in Delhi, what I noticed was a qualitative improvement in the bilateral relationship between the US and India,” he said.
Keshap recalled that when he first served in India from 2005 to 2008, they were still trying to convince the Indian people about the value of a strategic partnership between the US and India.
“I was born in 1971 when things didn’t go so well between the United States and India. Friends, I can tell you today, we have never had it so good between the two countries,” Keshap said in his address.
The event was attended by who’s who of the Indian-American community, who had gathered for the first time after the pandemic hit the country.
“Everybody here has worked to make this relationship as strong as it is now. Everybody here has contributed their ideas, their talent, their energy. And I feel like we have all kinds of new heights that we can now attain,” he said.
The level of trust and confidence, respect, even love between the two countries truly is at an all-time high, he said.