BY SHRI K.R.NARAYANAN, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, WHILE RECEIVING CREDENTIALS FROM MR. ROBERT D. BLACKWILL,
AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 14, 2001
pleased to accept your Letter of Credence from President George W. Bush,
accrediting you as Ambassador of the United States of America. I warmly
welcome you to India and extend my felicitations on your appointment to
this important position.
at a point of momentous change in the history of mankind. New technologies,
new ideas and the ascendance of values cherished by both India and the
United States have opened up new possibilities to bring together our peoples
and those with whom we share this world for the all-round peace, progress
and prosperity. But our pursuit of progress faces resistance from the
unlearnt lessons of history and from many challenges, old and new. Every
period of change carries an element of uncertainty about the direction
that our collective future will take.
your President’s conviction that if we want a world shaped in the ideals
that we both share, India and the United States must be closer friends
and stronger partners. Anything less would only encourage those who still
remain tied to the vestiges of the past, to the idea of domination and
division. Indeed, as two democracies, committed to liberty, welfare and
choice of every individual, our ties have a natural foundation. Our common
values also lead to common concerns and intersecting interests that our
two countries, emerging from the shadows of recent history, have now begun
to increasingly recognise.
and the United States must work together to make our nations safer, our
economies stronger, our citizens more secure, our families more prosperous
and our children better educated and healthier. This places on our two
sides an inevitable responsibility to co-operate across a very broad agenda
of bilateral and international endeavours; advance regional and global
peace, stability and security; promote trade between our countries and
collaborations between our businesses; bring our scientists and our laboratories
together; address our common and growing challenge of energy security;
make our environment cleaner; improve our knowledge of medicine and our
ability to contain disease; combat terrorism and related crimes; support
the United Nations in its mandate and make its institutions more effective
and more representative and nurture the ties between our peoples.
with a sense of grief and outrage that I convey my condolence and sympathy
for the immense tragedy that has resulted from the barbaric terrorist
attack on the United States. This reprehensible act is a crime not just
against the United States but against all humanity. We stand united with
the American people in this hour of grief.
times, our relations have been infused with new warmth and confidence,
while our co-operation has deepened and diversified into new areas. As
we travel on this path, appreciating and accommodating each other’s concerns,
we will open the doors to new possibilities and we will also discover
surprisingly large common ground between us, even on issues that seem
to divide us. I am also certain that the spirit of democracy and debate
that characterises the internal discourses in our countries will also
shape our bilateral dialogue, so that when we differ, we shall do so in
a spirit of candour, respecting each other’s point of view and speaking
to each other constructively to resolve differences.
President Bush’s desire to deepen India-U.S. ties and strongly reciprocate
that sentiment. We value the high level of interaction that has already
been established between our two Governments. We must now build on this
momentum to give concrete shape to our shared vision of a closer, more
broad-based and more meaningful relationship between our countries. In
choosing you as his representative, President Bush has not only continued
the tradition of distinguished citizens of the United States serving as
Ambassadors in New Delhi but has also signalled his commitment to furthering
the relationship between our two countries. I look forward to welcoming
President Bush to India.
you will see during your tenure here, something of eternal India and also
of the contemporary. Above all, you will experience that Indians and the
Americans mirror each other in their deepest ideals. I wish you all the
best for your assignment as the Ambassador of the United States of America
to the Republic of India.