Jaitley: First Official Visit to the U.S.
of India’s Opposition in the Rajya Sabha
23, 2011, Washington D.C.: The U.S. India Political Action
Committee (USINPAC) welcomed Mr. Arun Jaitley’s official visit to the
U.S. from June 22 - 24. He was accompanied by Lok Sabha Member of
Parliament Mr. Janardhan Swamy and former Rajya Sabha member Mr. Chandan
Mitra during this visit to Washington, D.C.
Mr. Arun Jaitley met with leading members of the Congress, think tanks,
and key members of the administration during this trip to the U.S. He
started his visit in D.C. with an address at the Heritage Foundation on:
“Indian Foreign Policy - Priorities in a Shifting Global Landscape”.
He interacted with prominent lawmakers on the Hill and stressed on the
growing strength of the U.S. India relationship and its strategic
nature, and the convergence on various issues between the two countries
especially relating to terrorism and growth of trade.
The Co-chairs of the India Caucus in the U.S. Congress: Congressmen Joe
Crowley and Congressman Ed Royce held a reception on behalf of the
Caucus for Mr. Jaitley in the Rayburn Congressional Building.
Representative Crowley welcomed Mr. Jaitley, and said, “Mr.
Jaitley’s visit represents a great opportunity for the U.S. to
continue building a strong relationship with India. In an increasingly
globalized economy, it is important for the U.S. to continue to foster
friendship with India, which is emerging as a leading growth economy
despite the difficult economic landscape.” Congressman Ed Royce too
praised the economic growth of India and hoped that the relations
between the two countries would continue to strengthen and mentioned how
important it is for both the countries to work together as both of them
have several common values.
Sanjay Puri, Chairman, USINPAC introduced Mr. Arun Jaitley in the
Congressional Caucus reception. He said, “Mr. Jaitley is a senior and
respected Indian politician who had been Minister of Law & Justice,
Minister of Shipping, and Minister of Commerce and Industries.” Mr.
Puri hoped that Mr. Jaitley’s visit would further strengthen the
growing bond of friendship and trade between the two countries.