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Joint Statement on the Third U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue


India’s Minister of External Affairs Shri S.M. Krishna and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met in Washington, DC, on June 13, 2012, for the third annual U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue. The leaders reflected on the expansion and growth of the bilateral relationship since the inaugural Strategic Dialogue in 2010. They committed to further broaden and deepen the U.S.-India global strategic partnership and charted a vision for the future, centered on promoting shared prosperity, peace, and stability.

The two leaders welcomed the rich array of public and private science and technology cooperation between U.S. and Indian institutions and partners. These include India’s recent commitment of more than $100 million towards the Thirty-Meter Telescope Project.

The Indian consortium partners in TMT include the Indian Institute for Astrophysics, the Inter-University Center for Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Araybhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences. The Indian government’s step makes it a 10-percent shareholder in the consortium, providing it partner status alongside institutions from Canada, Japan, and China.

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