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Congressional Reception by Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans in honour of Ambassador Arun K. Singh

Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans organized a Congressional Reception to welcome Ambassador Arun K. Singh on his taking over as India's Ambassador to the United States at the Capitol Hill on July 23. The event was hosted by the Co-chairs of the Caucus - Senator Mark Warner (Democrat-Virginia) and Senator John Cornyn (Republican- Texas).

The event was attended by a number of Members of US Senate, senior officials of US Administration, leaders of the Indian American community from across the United States, as well as by members of the media, the Think Tank community and academia.

In their welcome remarks, both Senator Mark Warner and Senator John Cornyn spoke warmly of Ambassador Singh's contributions in promoting India-U.S. relations. During his remarks, Senator Mark Warner welcomed Ambassador back to Washington D.C and reiterated his commitment to promoting India-US ties. Senator John Cornyn highlighted the strong relationship between India and US being 'world's largest' and 'world's oldest' democracies which are bound by common values. During her remarks, Ms. Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Department of State praised the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, recapitulated the successful bilateral summits and reiterated Prime Minister's remarks that the strong, bipartisan India-US relationship benefits not only its citizens but also the world. Ms. Nisha Biswal also noted that India's rise is in US' interest and a strong US is in India's interest.

Ambassador Arun K. Singh, in his remarks, thanked Senator Mark Warner and Senator John Cornyn for their welcome and for their leadership at the Senate Caucus on India and Indian Americans. He noted the important contributions made by the Caucus to bring the people and governments of the two countries closer, and described the bipartisan support for India-U.S. relations in the U.S. Congress as a source of strength for the India-U.S. strategic partnership that now spans almost all dimensions of human endeavour.

Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans is a bipartisan group of Senators founded in 2004 by Senator John Cornyn and the then Senator from New York and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.