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India-US Delhi Declaration of Friendship
Jan 27, 2015

Reflecting the close ties between two great democracies, India and the United States agree to elevate their long-standing strategic partnership, with a Declaration of Friendship that strengthens and expands the relationship between the two countries

This Declaration proclaims a higher level of trust and coordination that will continue to draw Governments and people together across the spectrum of human endeavour for a better world.

The India-U.S. Vision Statement endorsed in September 2014 committed both countries to a long-term partnership for prosperity and peace, through which they work together to make their citizens and the global community, safer and more prosperous.

The Declaration makes tangible and enduring the commitment of two countries to harness the inherent potential and upgrades the unique nature of relationship, committing Governments to work through areas of difference.

Through this Declaration of Friendship and in keeping with national principles and laws, both countries respect:

  • Equal opportunity for all our people through democracy, effective governance, and fundamental freedoms.

  • An open, just, sustainable, and inclusive rule-based global order.

  • The importance of strengthened bilateral defence ties.

  • The importance of adapting to and mitigating the impact of climate change through national, bilateral and multilateral efforts.

  • The beneficial impact that sustainable, inclusive development will have on our two countries and the world.

  • The centrality of economic policies that support the creation of strong and sustainable jobs, inclusive development, and rising incomes.

  • Transparent and rule-based markets that seek to drive the trade and investment necessary to uplift all members of society and promote economic development.

As part of this Declaration of Friendship, India-USA commit to:

  • Hold regular Summits with increased periodicity;

  • Elevate the Strategic Dialogue to a Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, of which the Strategic elements would continue to be chaired by the External Affairs Minister of India and the U.S. Secretary of State and the Commercial components of the Dialogue would be led by India’s Minister of Trade and Commerce and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

  • This reflects the United States’ and India’s commitment to strengthen commercial and economic ties to advance mutual prosperity, regional economic growth and stability.

  • Establish secure hotlines between the Prime Minister of India and the President of the United States of America and National Security Advisors.

  • Cooperate to develop joint ventures on strategically significant projects.

  • Build meaningful security and effective counterterrorism cooperation.

  • Hold regional and multilateral consultations.

  • Consult and hold regular consultations in multilateral forums.

  • Leverage the talents and strengths of our people to enhance sustainable, inclusive development around the globe.


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