New Delhi: Emphasizing the need to build guidelines and if necessary, “red lines” for the Info-Pacific region, outgoing US Ambassador to India Ken Juster said on Tuesday that such an endeavor would enable all countries in the region to prosper.Also Read - India Tour of South Africa: All You Need to Know About the World Class Bio-Secure Arrangements Assured by Cricket South Africa
In his farewell policy speech, Juster said the Indo-Pacific region needs stability and democratic governance, and that is why India is important. Also Read - IND vs NZ: Wasim Jaffer Names Potential Game-Changer for India in Mumbai Test
He also asserted that no bilateral relations in the world are as broad and of such substance than the one between India and the US. Also Read - Louis Vuitton Gives a Whimsical Tribute to Virgil Albloh by Using His Voice at Fashion Event
Juster was appointed by the US president on November 3, 2017, to be the 25th United States ambassador to India.
Underlining the importance of the Info-Pacific in US-India ties, Juster said, “We are now building out the foundation of a stronger Indo-Pacific architecture that will enable us to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.”
“Our mission over the next five years and beyond should be to give this endeavour further form and substance to develop guidelines and if necessary, even red lines. This should enable all countries to prosper in a region that respects sovereignty, a rules based order and a peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with international law,” he said.
Juster said as democracies, the US and India are committed to a rules based order as well as to peace and diplomacy.
“We (US and India) are both influenced by the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. But we know that not everyone thinks as we do and some choose suicide vests or military incursions,” he said without naming any country.
“That is why the US and India committed to strengthening our defence and security cooperation,” he said.