In a significant development, signalling strong bipartisan support for the Indo-US ties, 67 US Senators and Congressmen have held a grand reception to welcome India’s new Ambassador to the USA HV Shringla,.
Leading a team of 67 US lawmakers, the team which includes the US Congressmen led by Senate India Caucus co-chair Mark Warner (Democrat-Virginia) and John Cornyn (Republican-Texas), and its counterpart on the Hill, the House India Caucus, headed by George Holding (Republican-North Carolina) and Brad Sherman (Democrat-California) welcomed the Indian Ambassador recently.
The event came less than a month after his arrival in Washignton DC. This is unprecedented, said a source familiar with Indo-US ties.
While addressing the lawmakers, Shringla said it reflected “the strong bipartisan support for India” in the US Congress and among the American people. “You need to only look around this room to see the enthusiasm of your constituents who have flown in from all parts of the US to be with us here today.”
Shringla quoted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who, in his 2016 address to a Joint Session of Congress, had said, “Our relationship has overcome the hesitations of history. Comfort, candour and convergence define our conversations.”
“A lot of that strength comes from the Indian American diaspora…We are very proud of the Senate India Caucus with over 30 members and growing…We remain the largest bilateral caucus in the US Senate and we are very proud of that,” said Senator Warner.
Senator Cornyn said that Indian Americans in Texas are “the best educated, the most successful, and contribute the most of any group” he knows in the state, a fact that drew loud applause.
Noting that “the world has not become Noting that “the world has not become a safer place, but a more challenging and dangerous place”, Cornyn said that he was looking forward to working with the Indian leadership on matters of mutual defense, to fight against the threat of terrorism, and to make sure that people of both India and the US enjoy the blessings of prosperity, opportunity and freedom.