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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 22, 2004


U.S.-India and U.S.-Pakistan Partnerships - Close and Productive

During his visits to India and Pakistan last week, Secretary Powell reviewed the expanding bilateral ties the United States enjoys with each country. In his meetings in India, Secretary Powell expressed satisfaction with the growing U.S.-India Strategic Partnership in several wide-ranging areas, most recently demonstrated by the announcement in January of enhanced joint efforts in the areas of civil space, civil nuclear and high-tech cooperation. The strengthening of the U.S.-India partnership reflects a long-term commitment to common values and shared goals.

In Pakistan, Secretary Powell discussed how to expand our close, long-term partnership in a number of areas: cooperation against terrorism, economic exchanges and regional consultations especially. He also announced the United States intention to pursue Major Non-NATO Ally status for Pakistan. This decision underscored the importance of Pakistanís role in the war against international terrorism, particularly in the continuing fight against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Major Non-NATO Ally status will facilitate cooperation between the United States and Pakistan in the war against terrorism.

The United States will continue to build strong bilateral relationships with India and Pakistan. Each of these relationships stands on its own merits.

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Released on March 22, 2004

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