"I think we have already started it and, again, on a bipartisan basis. (Former) president (Bill) Clinton actually started the first outreach to India. Bush administration build on it in terms of the Civil Nuclear deal. The Obama administration pursued it," Stephen Headley, a former Bush-era national security advisor told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a Congressional hearing.
"We all did that because we saw India emerging as a major global player and wanted it to be with us in maintaining that US-led international order, not undermining it," he told Senators in response to a question.
"So I think the foundation is laid and I think there is a real opportunity for the Trump administration to build on that because India is increasingly a player and it is in our interest for them to be so since we share a lot of common values," Headley said.
"You cannot have a Democratic foreign policy and a Republican one. And things kind of take longer to evolve and so I really do think that it is an important relationship by location as well as by character of what the country is about," Albright added.
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