During his stint as Senior National Security Adviser to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Richard Verma was called the “Most Influential Indian American Congressional Aide.” After being appointed as the new US envoy to India, he is now referred to as the “Most influential Indian American in India.” Verma took the lead after Nancy Powell resigned in March, 2014. The extraordinary connection between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set an ambitious vision for the two economies to accomplish global economic growth and other remarkable developments. In the last decade, the two countries have made dynamic progress in every category to strengthen bilateral relations.
“The future between the two nations is looking brighter than ever with a number of collaborations that are in the process including the second mission to Mars with Nasa to provide navigational support,” Verma stated recently. He also announced that US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter will come to India in April, this being his third visit in less than a year, which marks the dawn of a new era in the Indo-US security relationship, moving to greater heights of partnership in the “not-so-distant” future. The implementation of the Joint Strategic Vision for Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean regions will strengthen the ties between the provinces; explore multilateral opportunities for engagement that will bolster long term peace, prosperity and stability for all.
When questioned about the recent decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan which caused unrest and drew protests in India, he said, “There should be zero tolerance for terrorism and Pakistan should do more to fight terror and safe havens, however, India-US defense ties are qualitatively and quantitatively different from any other country in South Asia. India-US ties are independent of Pakistan”. Moving on to bilateral trade which has grown substantially in 2015, he remarked that there are 500 US companies in India and is hoping that bilateral trade will reach $500 billion a year and that America is waiting to start negotiations on Bilateral Investment Treaty. “Fundamentally, our two countries are stronger when we come together and the global impact we can have on peace and prosperity,” said the US Ambassador.