Obama genially welcomed Singh back to Washington and wished him success in his new responsibilities as India’s emissary to the US. He fondly recalled his visit to India in January and personal friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Singh, in turn, conveyed warm greetings from President Pranab Mukherjee and Modi to him and First Lady Michelle Obama.Arun Singh was first of the seven new ambassadors to present his credentials at the traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an ambassador’s service in Washington.
Singh said technology and capacity-building have emerged as areas where US expertise and the Indian demand could be co-ordination. ”Whether it is tackling terrorism, investigation of modern crimes, identification of suspects, managing intelligent traffic system or building effective command and control system or fusion centres, the US has capacities that can be considered and adapted in India for mutual benefit,” he said.
That security cooperation is a small subset of wide-ranging strategical partnership, Singh said India and the US are consulting and coordinating positions on global and regional issues “like never before, and have recently extended our triangular developmental collaboration to ten developing countries in Africa and Asia.”
Indian and American scientists are engaged in jointly- funded research. “Our industries are co-developing defence technologies and co-producing protection equipment. Indian and American health professionals have come together to eradicate pandemics and conduct research,” he said. Singh said the depth of interaction between the two peoples is “reflected in the intensity and productivity of dialogue, consultation and collaboration.”