Washington: India is America’s “greatest” strategic ally and the country has been instrumental in helping the US build technology and medical professions, a top US Governor has said.
“We clearly understand the strategic importance of India, of India-US relations. As we grow our 21st century economy, India has been so instrumental in helping us build our technology, medical professions,” Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who is also the chair of the powerful National Governors Association, told PTI.
“We recognise a country that has been such a close strategic ally of the US. That’s why we the Governors are here tonight,” McAuliffe said at a reception hosted by Navtej Sarna, the Indian Ambassador to the US, at his residence in honour of members of the National Governors Association (NGA). Governors along with their spouses from a record number of 25 states attended the reception, which is one of the largest such gatherings at the Ambassador’s residence in recent years and reflective of the strong partnership that India over the years has been able to build with each of these states.
The event, the first-of-its-nature held in recent years, among others was attended by Governors of Virginia, Nevada, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Guam, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Virgin Islands, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.