EAM S Jaishankar to Howard students

S Jaishankar said: “India’s diaspora of 4.4 million has literally defined our image in this society and helped to forge relationships which are a huge source of strength for us in our work”

Minister of External Affairs, Dr S Jaishankar/ANI

Washington: The India-US relationship has undergone a “true transformation” over the past two decades and one of the main drivers of this partnership has been its human element, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Tuesday.

“The (India-US) relationship has undergone a real transformation over the past two decades. Whether it is our strategic and security cooperation or our economic or technological partnerships, it is increasingly making its impact felt. weight in world affairs,” Jaishankar said in his interaction with Howard University students here.

“A key driver of this change has been its human element. India’s diaspora of 4.4 million people has literally defined our image in this society and helped forge relationships that are a huge source of strength for us in our work. “, did he declare. appearance with US Secretary of State Tony Blinken, a day after the India-US 2+2 Ministerial meeting.

“At its center (are) our students, scholars, researchers and professionals who have contributed to America’s progress even as they remain the bridge between our two societies. For our ties to grow, it is also necessary that there is a better understanding of India and the world on the part of young Americans,” he said.

“Your appreciation of a civilizational state and a democratic, democratic political system that overcomes enormous obstacles on a daily basis is essential. After all, we are only natural partners when our people have a strong sense of connection”, a- he told the students.

“And that’s why Secretary Blinken and I were particularly pleased to launch the Education and Skills Development Task Force yesterday that he spoke of. It will allow us to explore a range of opportunities that exist in the field of education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship,” he said.

According to Jaishankar, policy makers in both countries are acutely aware of the immense difference our educational collaboration can make. On the Indian side, the National Education Policy 2020 envisages and even prioritizes international cooperation in education. “On the U.S. side, we recognize the renewed emphasis on the STEM sector, including in the activities of which we are both part of the QUAD,” he noted.

In his remarks, Blinken said the US-India strategic partnership, he believes, is absolutely crucial and essential to solving the problems of the 21st century.

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