Influential US lawmakers advocate for stronger India-US ties

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Washington, Sep 22 (PTI): Top senators and influential Congressmen have advocated for stronger India-US ties and underlined the contribution of the Indian-US community in this regard.

At an event celebrating India’s Independence Day at the US Capitol on Wednesday, Senator Joe Manchin, Democrat of West Virginia, recalled his visits to India and saw “the majesty of the world’s largest democracy in full operation”.

“If the Indian community had not provided their services to West Virginia, most of rural West Virginia would not have health care today,” he said, while noting that the majority of rural American health care is provided. Indian-American Physicians.

The event was organized by the Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AABI) in association with the American Hindu Alliance and the Indian and Indian Diaspora Studies Association.

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith emphasized the importance of having strong ties between India and the US.

“This relationship is not only in the field of medicine and technology, but is mutually beneficial for both countries,” said the Republican senator from Mississippi.

Senator Shelley Capito of West Virginia noted how the Indian-American community plays an important role in enhancing her state’s cultural experience.

“I live in Charleston, West Virginia, a small, rural state. If we didn’t have Indian-American doctors, we wouldn’t have any quality healthcare, we wouldn’t have the breadth and depth and richness of our communities. We have,” she said.

Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s ambassador to the US, said the two countries have a close relationship, driven by the leadership of two of the world’s largest democracies today.

Noting that more than half a dozen senior Indian ministers visit the country in a month and a similar trip from the US to India, he said it was a reflection of the relationship.

Sandhu said Indian-American doctors play a very important role in India-US relations.

Indian American Congressman Ro Khanna said, “India should not be subject to (CAATSA) sanctions because of its historical relationship with Russia.” Appreciating Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent message to the Russian leadership, Khanna said India can play an important role in resolving the Ukraine conflict peacefully.

Modi, who met Vladimir Putin at the 22nd summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Samarkand, Uzbekistan last week, had told the Russian leader that “today’s age is not war”.

Pramila Jayapal, the first and only Indian-American woman in the US Congress, said India and the US, despite being worlds apart, have shared a very unique and important relationship over the years.

India and the US have made tremendous strides in improving public health. With the help of more than USD 200 million in aid from the United States, India has crossed an important milestone in the fight against Covid-19 by providing two billion doses of vaccines, the second highest of any country in the world, he said.

Congressman Raja Krishnamurthy said the Indian American community needs to make its presence known.

India has done a lot in the last 75 years, he said. “I want to talk a little bit about its (India’s) biggest export. Its biggest export is you — four million strong Indian Americans. They’re the fastest-growing ethnic minority in America. They’re the most prosperous ethnic minority. Very well-educated.” Congressman Ted Tetch said India and the US are strategic partners and Indian-Americans are key assets in the Indo-US relationship.

Sampath Shivangi, National Advisory Board member of the Center for National Mental Health Services, said Indian-Americans play an important role in the India-US relationship.

Alok Srivastava of the American Hindu Alliance said he wanted more Indian doctors to come here. “The process should be simplified. AHC is also pushing for simplified legal immigration from India for such persons.” Asserting that Indian doctors are now a brand in America because of their selfless service to the country, AAPI President Dr Ravi Kolli said India has done a great job in all aspects of development in the last 75 years. PTI LKJ NSD NSD

(This story was published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to headline or content were made by ABP Live.)

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