The Trump Administration has recognised India as a significant international coverage precedence, a former prime American diplomat has stated, noting that the credit score for sturdy ties between the 2 nations goes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former President Barack Obama. “I do think India has been recognised as a major foreign policy priority (in the Trump Administration) and one that from the president on down, people are vested in, and that’s very encouraging,” Richard Rahul Verma, the previous US Ambassador to India, instructed PTI.
“The overall trajectory of the relationship has been quite good,” he stated. Verma, 48, is presently the vice chairman of The Asia Group, a method and capital advisory group primarily based in Washington DC. “As you know, in the last two to three years of the Obama administration we made a lot of progress and all the credit goes to Prime Minister Modi and (former) President Obama. We were doing things in so many different areas, so many different dialogues, but with really tangible results. I think for people in both countries and it was our hope that progress would continue,” he stated. The previous envoy performed a key in strengthening US-India ties throughout his tenure within the Obama Administration. Terming ties with India as the only most essential for the USA on this century, Verma stated, “We should not just assume that because things are going well, we can let things be on autopilot.” “This is the kind of relationship that really matters to our collective futures and it really takes a lot of time and energy,” he stated. In his first post-Ambassadorial interview, Verma stated he thinks that the assembly between the President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June was good. “A solid joint statement, I think was a re-affirmation of a lot of the priorities that we were focused on in the prior administration,” he stated. He stated he would like to the 2 international locations growing their relationship when it comes to funding within the defence sector. “It’s important that India and the United States have the kind of defence relationship and that we develop the kind of advanced technologies together that allows India to have the edge in contested domains, whether that’s on land, in air, on the sea, in outer space or cyberspace. I think it’s really important that India have those capabilities,” he stated. Verma hoped that the US will “really pursue” the Main Defence Accomplice standing granted to India, which is totally model new and distinctive. “I’d love to see the Congress play a more active role because they can play such an important leadership role like they did during the civil nuclear arrangement,” he stated. The previous American Ambassador additionally emphasised on growing bilateral commerce to the objective of USD 500 billion. “The US-India economic story is again very unique that this not a zero-sum game. That if an American company opens up a plant in India, it doesn’t mean a loss of American jobs necessarily. It means potentially an expansion of market share and opportunities in Asia, and I think the same thing is with Indian companies investing in the US,” he stated. A lot of the rise in bilateral commerce will occur within the non-public sector and by specializing in areas ” technology, innovation and high-tech co-operation and channelling a lot of the private sector innovations into the public sector, he said. “The Indo-US civil nuclear deal is vital in that space however in different areas, reminiscent of wind and photo voltaic, there’s an enormous alternative and in a spread of different areas, skilling, sensible cities and infrastructure notably on homeland defence, coastal safety and maritime safety,” he added. Noting that there is immense potential in Indo-US bilateral trade, Verma said the sky is the limit and USD 500 billion is a modest goal. “Give it some thought, we have tripled the commerce in ten years. That is with out formal talks on commerce and funding. That is with out a bilateral funding treaty, that is with none type of, I believe, convergence within the commerce and financial space. And I believe if we will attain that convergence…we completely can get there,” he said. About the challenges that the relations between the two countries face, Verma said there are a lot more opportunities than challenges. “I believe there’s a lot convergence taking place. As , we broke each report final yr in commerce and visas and college students. Clearly there are some variations, there are some headwinds and notably on immigration and I would wish to see these get resolved,” he said. Responding to a question on the H-1B visa issue, Verma said one has to keep this in perspective. “The USA in all probability issued over 1,000,000 visas to Indian nationals final yr, sixty thousand of them have been H1Bs. So now we have to maintain this in perspective although India will get the lion’s share of H1B visas, the variety of these visas remains to be pretty small,” he said. “There’s additionally little question there have been abuses within the H1B system and that some firms have performed, type of, not straight and slim on the foundations,” he added. Verma stated the Indian facet has be to conscious in regards to the disruption and job loss attributable to fashionable applied sciences and by plenty of jobs going offshore and hat is the best way ahead.
The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that enables US firms to make use of international staff in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical experience in specialised fields. The expertise firms depend upon it to rent tens of hundreds of staff every year. In April, Trump had signed an govt order for tightening the foundations of the visa programme to cease “visa abuses”. “We don’t want to see a reduction in the interest or the kind of enthusiasm for those people who want to immigrate to the United States. My family and I are immigrants we should be encouraging and celebrating immigration and diversity in our country – that’s what America stands for,” the previous ambassador stated.