The US and India have strengthened their ties in a number of key areas like defence, counter-terrorism, trade and energy over the years and would continue to take the cooperation to "new heights", a top American diplomat has said.
The US sees India as a strategic partner, "leading power" and what former prime minister (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee correctly called "natural allies" in the Indo-Pacific region, US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster said, describing the country as a potential regional trade hub for American businesses.
"US-India relationship today is as broad, complex and rich in substance as any bilateral relationship in the world. It encompasses the entire spectrum of issues in international affairs," Juster, who was the keynote speaker at the 20th annual gala of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH), said.
Texas imported USD 3.6 billion worth of goods from India while exported USD 5.1 billion in goods to India, he said, adding the state accounts for over 15 per cent of all US exports to India.