U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to India June 23-25, continuing a long tradition of diplomatic engagement between the United States and India.
Diplomatic relations between the world’s oldest and largest democracies were established on November 1, 1946, when the U.S. Department of State elevated the American Mission at New Delhi to an Embassy. In an unconventional sequence of events, the United States and India established diplomatic relations prior to India’s formal independence from the British Empire.
Since then, cooperation between our two governments has steadily grown, all the while buttressed by strong people-to-people linkages between the United States and India. These connections have been largely driven by the vibrant Indian-American community, one of the most energetic and successful diaspora populations in the world. Here’s a look at some of the moments over the last several decades that have helped build and sustain one of today’s most indispensable bilateral relationships.
President Obama has called India one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century, one which will be vital to U.S. strategic interests in Asia-Pacific and across the globe. Next week’s U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi represents an opportunity to strengthen collaboration in areas including energy, climate change, trade, education, and counterterrorism. Watch Secretary Kerry’s video message on the upcoming dialogue here, and follow his travel to India on state.gov.
About the Author: Stephen Wood serves as an editorial assistant for DipNote.