Rice meets with Indian counterpart to discuss strategic partnership

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice met on Tuesday with her Indian counterpart to review the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership.

Rice met with Indian National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and during the meeting the two exchanged ideas on enhancing security cooperation, explored greater collaboration on climate change and reviewed progress on clean energy and civil nuclear cooperation.

Rice affirmed the commitment of the U.S. to further strengthening and expanding the bilateral relationship with India, including commercial and economic ties.

Rice and Menon also discussed the importance of India's support for a secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

Given the increasing bilateral connections with India, Rice said U.S. President Barack Obama was looking forward to welcoming Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a planned visit to the White House on Friday, September 27. Prime Minister Singh last visited the White House in 2009, which President Obama followed up with a visit to India in 2010.

Prime Minister Singh's visit will highlight India's role in regional stability and security and will give both leaders the chance to plot a course toward increased investment, trade and development cooperation between India and the U.S.