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India-US-Japan can together reduce tension in the region: John McCain
US Senator John McCain on Thursday said that a strong US-India-Japan relationship can strengthen our ties with the
entire region and work together to reduce tensions in the region. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, McCain said,
"We have very high expectations as I think that the people of India also do. This is very decisive election, we have a very
strong leader, and we think that this is an opportune time for, renewal and reinvigoration of relations between United
States and India. We have also been discussing the increasing need for partnership between United States, India and
Japan."
Here is the full transcript of the interview:
Smita Sharma
:
He was Barack Obama's formidable challenger in the 2008 election as the republican presidential
candidate, he is a war veteran and a long standing senator from Arizona and we are joined by John McCain this evening.
It’s a pleasure to have you here on Network 18.
Senator John McCain
: Thank you very much.
Smita Sharma
:
You are coming here at a time when there is a new government in India and the priority of the
government seems to be neighborhood as far as foreign policy is concerned. There is also this look-east policy focusing on
China and Japan.
You have had a series of talk with some top leaders in New Delhi? What really was the crux of those meeting, what are
your expectations as far as New Delhi govt is concerned?
John McCain
: We have very high expectations as I think that the people of India also do. This is very decisive election,
we have a very strong leader, and we think that this is an opportune time for, renewal and reinvigoration of relations
between United States and India. We have also been discussing the increasing need for partnership between United
States, India and Japan. As this part of the world assumes the preeminent position in the entire world because of the
economic situation, of the movement of the world economy to this part of the world.
Smita Sharma
:
You spoke of renewing the India-US relationship really but do you think that the high that we saw in the
relationship when President George bush was there, Is that high a thing of the past now? The government's focus seems
to be the neighborhood, the neighboring countries and also the look-east policy focusing on China, Japan featuring more
prominently?
John McCain
: I understand that there was a high point in the George W Bush's and this nuclear agreement which sort of
a capstone but it isn't so much that we have had bad relations, It’s just that we haven't had the kind of improvement
that we would like to see and more co-operation in a number of areas, so... we understand that Prime Minister's first
priority is the domestic situation getting the economy going again. But I am very pleased that he is going to Washington
DC very soon. I believe that he should address the joint session of Congress, he should be given a state dinner... and that
certainly not only recognition of our relationship but substantive discussions should take place about the future of our
relationship and how we can act in close co-ordination. This world is very dangerous and unsettled place today; it
requires the leadership of the world's two largest democracies.
Smita Sharma
:
It’s interesting that you suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should address the joint session of
the US Congress but it was your party led govt in 2005 which boycotted him following the Gujarat riots which put in place
a ban on his visas. On hindsight, do you think that there was a case of overreach as far as the US govt was concerned?
John McCain
: I think that the time now is to put that issue behind us. The people of India have spoken and as far as I am
concerned, we should treat the Prime Minister with respect and the authority that people of India have given him.
Smita Sharma
:
But is there a thinking that possibly the matter should have been left to the Indian courts to really settle
whether he was guilty or not?