Robert Blake

  • India most important partner in Asia: US May 12, 2013

    Washington: There is no more important partner for the United States in Asia than India and the growing convergence interests and outlook has brought about unprecedented cooperation between the two nations on regional and global security, a top US official has said. "President Obama has called our partnership with India a...
  • 'US closely consulted with India on Lankan resolution' March 27, 2013

    Washington: The United States has worked with India throughout the process on the US-sponsored resolution on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), Obama administration's point man on South Asia has said. "We worked very closely with India throughout the process and we indeed welcomed some of the...
  • Open communication will help to make relationship effective: US February 28, 2013

    Washington: Acknowledging India's increasing role on global stage, the US leaders said the two countries have vast opportunities and open lines of communication will help us to make our relationship effective. Co-Chairs of the powerful Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans along with the dozen US lawmakers on Wednesday met...
  • 'Nuke EWA between Indian, US companies likely this year' February 27, 2013

    Washington: In what could be termed as an important development in the field of Indo-US nuclear cooperation, a top American official has said an early works agreement between companies of the two countries could be signed this year. Speaking at a Congressional hearing, Assistant Secretary of State for South and...
  • Won't hand over David Headley to India: US on 26/11 October 30, 2012

    India and America are co-operating on terror, but the US won't hand over 26/11 terrorist David Headley to India, US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said on Tuesday. Blake, however, emphasised that the US was aiding India with the investigations. ...
  • Growing strategic convergence between US, India: Robert Blake September 28, 2012

    In an exclusive interview with CNN-IBN correspondent Amrita Tripathi, US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake says India and the US have shown remarkable convergence and cooperation in strategic matters. He also discusses FDI in retail and other matters. ...
  • US welcomes Indian government's decision on FDI in retail September 27, 2012

    New York: The US has reacted positively to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's big bang reforms. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Robert Blake, US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, said the US welcomes the move. "The undersecretary for Economic and Business Affairs gave a speech this week welcoming the steps taken...
  • People-to-People Ties: The Heart of the US-India Partnership July 31, 2012

    As a follow-up to the US-India Higher Education Dialogue, Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy Tara Sonenshine and Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao discussed how people-to-people ties are the heart of the US-India relationship. Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Robert Blake moderated...
  • Maldives: Former President's brother arrested March 1, 2012

    Male: Fresh violence erupted in Maldives including inside the parliament that was scheduled to open on Thursday with supporters of former President Mohammed Nasheed attacking the police and preventing President Mohammed Waheed Hassan from making his opening address. Nazim Sattar, Nasheed's younger brother has been arrested along with 17 other protesters. Even...
  • UN backs call for unity government for Maldives February 14, 2012

    Male: The United Nations on Monday backed Maldives' new leader's proposal for a national unity government, though the ousted leader is calling for a snap poll to resolve a political crisis. UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco called on all parties to come together "on the principle of inclusiveness...
  • Maldives: Addu tense, Commonwealth meet expected February 12, 2012

    Male: There seems to be no end to the political crisis in the Maldives. Male remained tense on Sunday with sporadic protests by the supporters of former president Mohammed Nasheed. However, the main concern is now slowly shifting to the island of Addu. Days after armed policemen and the military...
  • US hopeful of 'productive' SAARC summit November 8, 2011

    Washington: The US on Monday said it was hopful that the SAARC summit in Maldives would be "productive" amid an atmosphere of improved relationship between Pakistan and India. "We are hoping that this will be a very good and productive SAARC meeting, coming as it does right on the heels...
  • India no longer a non-aligned country: US July 8, 2011

    Washington: Ahead of a crucial Indo-US strategic dialogue, the US on Friday said it no longer considers India a non-aligned country, but New Delhi is not an American ally in traditional sense. "I do not consider India a non-aligned country any more. I think that really changed after 9/11 where...
  • US committed to India n-deal despite Japan tragedy March 19, 2011

    Washington: The United States has said that it remains very much committed to its civil nuclear deal with India despite the Japanese nuclear disaster though nuclear industry worldwide would need to assess its impact. "No. We remain very much committed to pursuing civil nuclear cooperation with India," US Assistant Secretary of...
  • 'India expected to be water stressed by 2020' March 9, 2011

    Washington: While nearly two-thirds of the world's countries will be water-stressed by 2025, the problem is going to be more acute in Asia, in particular India which is likely to be water stressed by 2020, a top State Department official said on Wednesday. "Experts predict that by 2025 nearly two-thirds of...
  • Pak an important ally in the war on terror: US October 22, 2010

    New Delhi: The United States of America says "Pakistan is the most important country in the war on terror" and its help is very important for success in Afghanistan. "Without Pakistan's help, the coalition cannot succeed in Afghanistan. India should not be worried about misuse by Pakistan of American arms," State...
  • US non-committal on Anderson's extradition June 8, 2010

    Washington: Even after Monday's verdict, the United States continues to dodge questions on the extradition of former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson to India. On Monday, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake stayed non-committal on extraditing Anderson. When asked whether the US would be receptive to...
  • US wants Indo-Pak talks on terror, not Kashmir June 7, 2010

    Washington: US feels that Kashmir issue won't be part of the agenda during talks between Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan next month as the meeting will focus mainly on action against terrorism and the progress Islamabad has made into the Mumbai attacks probe. Assistant Secretary of State for South and...
  • Pakistan must rein in Lashkar: US official March 20, 2010

    New Delhi: Asserting that the US was aware of Indian concerns about the terrorist infrastructure in Pakistan, an official of the Obama administration Saturday said it was "very important" for Islamabad to rein in the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), a terrorist group that has "global ambitions" and has been targeting Americans as...
  • Pakistan should act against Mumbai attackers: US August 16, 2009

    Islamabad: Pakistan will have to take action against Mumbai attackers and ensure its territory is not used for terrorism against India if it wanted to resume stalled talks with New Delhi, the new US pointsman for South Asia, Robert Blake, has said. "The first part of that sequencing (resumption of India-Pakistan...