March 02, 2006 14:21 IST
Last Updated: March 02, 2006 15:30 IST
The following is the text
of the joint statement released after the meeting between Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and US President George W Bush in New Delhi on March 2:
George W Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today expressed
satisfaction with the great progress the United States and India have
made in advancing our strategic partnership to meet the global
challenges of the 21st century. Both our countries are linked by a deep
commitment to freedom and democracy; a celebration of national
diversity, human creativity and innovation; a quest to expand prosperity
and economic opportunity worldwide; and a desire to increase mutual
security against the common threats posed by intolerance, terrorism, and
the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The successful transformation
of the U.S.-India relationship will have a decisive and positive
influence on the future international system as it evolves in this new
Reviewing the progress made in
deepening the global partnership between the United States and India
since their Joint Statement of July 18, 2005, the President and the
Prime Minister reaffirm their commitment to expand even further the
growing ties between their two countries. Consistent with this
objective, the two leaders wish to highlight efforts the United States
and India are making together in the following areas, where they have:
For economic prosperity and
(1) Agreed to intensify efforts to
develop a bilateral business climate supportive of trade and investment
1. Welcoming the report of the
US-India CEO Forum, agreeing to consider its recommendations aimed at
substantially broadening our bilateral economic relations, and directing
the Chairs of the Indo-U.S. Economic Dialogue to follow up expeditiously
with the CEO Forum;
2. Endorsing the efforts of the
US-India Trade Policy Forum to reduce barriers to trade and investment
with the goal of doubling bilateral trade in three years;
3. Agreeing to advance mutually
beneficial bilateral trade and investment flows by holding a high-level
public-private investment summit in 2006, continuing efforts to
facilitate and promote foreign direct investment and eliminate
impediments to it, and enhancing bilateral consultations on various
issues including tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in goods and
services, and preventing the illicit use of the financial system.
(2) Sought to expand cooperation
in agriculture by:
1. Launching the Knowledge
Initiative on Agriculture with a three-year financial commitment to link
our universities, technical institutions, and businesses to support
agriculture education, joint research, and capacity building projects
including in the area of biotechnology.
2. Endorsing an agreed work plan
to promote bilateral trade in agriculture through agreements that: lay
out a path to open the US market to Indian mangoes, recognize India as
having the authority to certify that shipments of Indian products to the
United States meet USDA organic standards, and provide for discussions
on current regulations affecting trade in fresh fruits and vegetables,
poultry and dairy, and almonds.
(3) Reaffirmed their shared
commitment to completing the WTO Doha Development Agenda (DDA) before
the end of 2006, and agreed to work together to help achieve this
For energy security and a clean
(1) Welcomed the successful
completion of discussions on India's separation plan and looked forward
to the full implementation of the commitments in the July 18, 2005 Joint
Statement on nuclear cooperation. This historic accomplishment will
permit our countries to move forward towards our common objective of
full civil nuclear energy cooperation between India and the United
States and between India and the international community as a whole.
(2) Welcomed the participation of
India in the ITER initiative on fusion energy as an important further
step towards the common goal of full nuclear energy cooperation.
(3) Agreed on India's
participation in FutureGen, an international public-private partnership
to develop new, commercially viable technology for a clean coal
near-zero emission power project. India will contribute funding to the
project and participate in the Government Steering Committee of this
(4) Welcomed the creation of the
Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, which will
enable India and the US to work together with other countries in the
region to pursue sustainable development and meet increased energy needs
while addressing concerns of energy security and climate change. The
Partnership will collaborate to promote the development, diffusion,
deployment and transfer of cleaner, cost-effective and more efficient
technologies and practices.
(5) Welcomed India's interest in
the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, an international marine research
endeavor that will contribute to long-term energy solutions such as gas
(6) Noting the positive
cooperation under the Indo-US Energy Dialogue, highlighted plans to hold
joint conferences on topics such as energy efficiency and natural gas,
to conduct study missions on renewable energy, to establish a clearing
house in India for coal-bed methane/coal-mine methane, and to exchange
energy market information.
For innovation and the
(1) Emphasizing the importance of
knowledge partnerships, announced the establishment of a Bi-National
Science and Technology Commission which the US and India will co-fund.
It will generate collaborative partnerships in science and technology
and promote industrial research and development.
(2) Agreed that the United States
and India would work together to promote innovation, creativity and
technological advancement by providing a vibrant intellectual property
rights regime, and to cooperate in the field of intellectual property
rights to include capacity building activities, human resource
development and public awareness programs.
(3) Agreed to continue exploring
further cooperation in civil space, including areas such as space
exploration, satellite navigation, and earth science. The United States
and India committed to move forward with agreements that will permit the
launch of US satellites and satellites containing US components by
Indian space launch vehicles, opening up new opportunities for
commercial space cooperation between the two countries.
(4) Welcomed the inclusion of two
US instruments in the Indian lunar mission Chandrayaan-1. They noted
that memoranda of understanding to be signed by ISRO and NASA would be
significant steps forward in this area.
(5) Welcomed the US Department of
Commerce's plan to create a license exception for items that would
otherwise require an export license to end-users in India engaged solely
in civilian activities.
For global safety and security
(1) Noted the enhanced
counter-terrorism cooperation between the two countries and stressed
that terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought and rooted out in
every part of the world.
(2) Welcomed the increased
cooperation between the United States and India in the defense area,
since the New Framework for the US-India Defence Relationship was signed
on June 28, 2005, as evidenced by successful joint exercises, expanded
defence cooperation and information sharing, and greater opportunities
to jointly develop technologies and address security and humanitarian
(3) Reaffirmed their commitment to
the protection of the free flow of commerce and to the safety of
navigation, and agreed to the conclusion of a Maritime Cooperation
Framework to enhance security in the maritime domain, to prevent piracy
and other transnational crimes at sea, carry out search and rescue
operations, combat marine pollution, respond to natural disasters,
address emergent threats and enhance cooperative capabilities, including
through logistics support. Both sides are working to finalize a
Logistics Support Agreement at the earliest.
(4) Welcomed India's intention to
join the Container Security Initiative aimed at making global maritime
trade and infrastructure more secure and reducing the risk of shipping
containers being used to conceal weapons of mass destruction.
(5) Reiterated their commitment to
international efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass
(6) Building on the July 2005
Disaster Relief Initiative, noted the important disaster management
cooperation and their improved capabilities to respond to disaster
(7) Recognized the importance of
capacity building in cyber security and greater cooperation to secure
their growing electronic interdependencies, including to protect
electronic transactions and critical infrastructure from cybercrime,
terrorism and other malicious threats.
Deepening democracy and meeting
(1) Recalled their joint launch of
the UN Democracy Fund in September 2005 and offered the experience and
expertise of both Governments for capacity building, training and
exchanges to third countries that request such assistance to strengthen
(2) Welcomed the decision of India
and the United States to designate a representative to the Government
Advisory Board of the International Centre for Democratic Transition (ICDT)
located in Budapest to facilitate cooperative activities with ICDT.
(3) Agreed that the Virtual
Coordination and Information Centres set up in September 2005 should be
further strengthened and a bilateral meeting aimed at developing a
practical programme for utilization of its services be held soon.
(4) Expressed satisfaction at the
expedited USFDA drug approval processes that strengthen the combat
against HIV/AIDS at the global level and encourage greater corporate
participation to meet this challenge, including the establishment of the
Indo-U.S. Corporate Fund for HIV/AIDS.
(5) Agreed to expand bilateral
efforts and continue cooperation in the area of medical research and
strengthen technical capacity in food and drug regulation in India as
well as address the concern on avian influenza, including agreement to
reach out to the private sector, develop regional communications
strategies, and plan an in-region containment and response exercise. The
President welcomed India's offer to host the International Partnership
on Avian and Pandemic Influenza meeting in 2007.
(6) Welcomed India's membership in
the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking, a partnership through which
we will collaborate in the fight against illegal trade in wildlife and
wildlife parts; we also welcome the opportunity to strengthen
longstanding work together on the conservation of wildlife through
cooperation on park management and ecotourism.
President Bush thanked Prime
Minister Singh and the people of India for the warmth of their reception
and the generosity of their hospitality.
New Delhi, March 2, 2006