November 24th, 2009
04:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Clinton lauds 'special relationship' between India and U.S.

Secretary of State Clinton spoke Tuesday about the special relationship between India and the United States.
Secretary of State Clinton spoke Tuesday about the special relationship between India and the United States.

Washington (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, praising what she called the special U.S.-Indian relationship, welcomed Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Joe Biden to a formal lunch at the State Department Tuesday.

"You are the hottest ticket in town," Biden told Singh in remarks at the start of the lunch. The Indian leader will be honored at a White House state dinner Tuesday evening.

Clinton praised the relationship between the two countries, adding that India - like the U.S. - is what she called a "diverse" and "occasionally raucous democracy."

Singh, whose visit comes as the Obama administration is finalizing its policy on Afghanistan, made his feelings clear. "We have a common stake in peace and security in Afghanistan," he said. And he told Clinton, "Your visit to India in July has prepared the groundwork for a greatly strengthened strategic partnership between our two countries."

Two hundred senior U.S. and Indian officials and other dignitaries gathered in the Ben Franklin room on the eighth floor of the State Department building for the lunch.

Dark-suited Americans mingled with men in brightly colored turbans and women in flowing saris as guests sat at tables decorated with arrangements of fragrant geraniums, roses and peonies set on cinnamon and burgundy table-cloths.

Singh sat at a large oval table with Clinton; Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden; Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut.


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  1. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Singh, whose visit comes as the Obama administration is finalizing its policy on Afghanistan, made his feelings clear. "We have a common stake in peace and security in Afghanistan," he said. And he told Clinton, "Your visit to India in July has prepared the groundwork for a greatly strengthened strategic partnership between our two countries."

    All these countries have a "common stake" in Afghanistan but we're the ones doing the dirty work. Come on, Singh, let's see some boots on the ground or maybe a little cash on the barrelhead to help pay for this. Hmm... That's what I thought. Have a nice day!

    November 24, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  2. Some republican guy

    Gadzooks!!!! The narcisstic obamabot sent all of our jobs to India where all those muslims live because he's a muslim too. Pretty soon the Oprah watching union thugs and illeagle aliens from ACORN are going to force us all to eat samosas and non-bread instead of real American food like pizza and McNuggets!!!!!! I don't want my grandbabies eating all that spicy food. It gives them bad dreams that they're being chased by the implackible obamabots. You socialist libtards can eat that stuff. Be sure to wear a bib so you don't get any chicken vindeloo on your Chay Guevarro t-shirts!!!!! You don't believe me? Just go to a blue state and watch how they drive!!!! Their going to take away our Hummers and make us all ride bicycles and scooters and elephants like the socialist muslims in India!!!! Have a nice day!

    November 24, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    For the FIRST time in my life – I am PROUD of Hillary Clinton! In the past, I just liked her!!!

    November 24, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |