BY SHRI K R NARAYANAN, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, WHILE ACCEPTING THE CREDENTIALS
FROM MR. RICHARD F CELESTE, AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE OF THE
USA TO INDIA
NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER
It is with great
pleasure that I receive your Credentials accrediting you as the Ambassador
of the United States of America to India. On behalf of the people and
the Government of India, I extend a warm welcome to you, together with
my good wishes for the success of your tenure.
Your arrival synchronizes
with the process of the "intensified dialogue" and interaction
between our two countries. The meeting in September between Prime Minister
Gujral and President Clinton paved the way for a deeper understanding
between our two countries. We look forward to the forthcoming visit of
President Clinton which, I am sure, will provide a new impetus to our
bilateral relations and to our cooperation in international affairs.
The proposed exchange
of other high-level visits between our two countries is bound to take
our cooperation to a higher level. In this context we welcome the recent
talks with the US Secretary of State in New Delhi which enabled us to
share our perspectives with candour and in depth.
The edifice of Indo-US
relations rests on the foundation of our common commitment to democracy,
pluralism and basic human values. Our cooperation is marked by a many
sided and expanding network of economic, cultural, academic, scientific
and people-to-people ties.
As our largest trading
partner and the single largest source of foreign private investment, the
US plays an important role in our economic growth.
partnership, we believe, can make a contribution to international cooperation
and to peace and stability in the world. Our countries can effectively
cooperate in dealing with such global concerns as health care, environmental
protection and the elimination of drug trafficking.
Both our countries
believe that international terrorism is a scourge of our times. It is
India's conviction that while maintaining and preserving our democratic
set up and safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our people, we bear
the primary responsibility of protecting the sovereignty and territorial
integrity of our multi-cultural, multi-religious and multi-lingual society
and nation. In this we expect the goodwill and understanding of friendly
countries with pluralistic and democratic societies like our own.
Mr. Ambassador, you
arrive in our country as we celebrate the Golden Jubilee year of our Independence.
With our shared commitment to democracy and to basic human values there
can be no doubt that India and the US will continue to play an important
role in shaping a system of global cooperation in the years ahead.
Your Excellency will,
I am sure, make a significant contribution to this process and in further
strengthening of our bilateral relations.