New Delhi: India on Thursday said it was confident that under the leadership of Secretary of State John Kerry Indo-US relationship will continue to strengthen not only for development of the two countries but also as "a pillar of stability amidst many global and regional challenges confronting" them.
Congratulating Kerry on his appointment as Secretary of State, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid told him in a letter that he was looking forward to working closely with him as the two countries continue to intensify their partnership.
In a separate letter to Hillary Clinton on her completion of four "very momentous and very exhaustive years" as Secretary of State, Khurshid said India valued her "enormous contributions to the further strengthening of the India-US bilateral strategic partnership which has acquired new depth and global dimensions under your stewardship".
In his letter to Kerry, the External Affairs Minister said "the sustained strengthening and diversification of the India-US global strategic partnership today goes beyond the bilateral dimension and has increasing relevance for global peace, stability and prosperity".
"We are confident that with your leadership of the Department of State, we will continue to strengthen our partnership not only for the development and prosperity of our two peoples but also as a pillar of stability amidst the many global and regional challenges confronting us", Khurshid said.
He said the next round of India-US Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi later in 2013 offers an "ideal opportunity to explore concrete strategies to take our partnership to a higher level".