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MUMBAI: US diplomat Peter Haas, recently appointed consul-general in Mumbai, stressed the importance of people-to-people contact in Indo-US ties.
US-India people-to-people connections are more powerful than any government initiative, said Haas. "While 8 lakh Americans travel to India each year, the US issues half a million non-immigration visas to Indians yearly," he said adding that Indian citizens formed the largest group of people to be issued H1B and L visas by the US over the last year.
"There are one lakh Indians studying in the US and 2.8 million Indian-Americans living there,'' he said. Recognizing the importance of the Indian diaspora for creating and strengthening people-to-people ties, the US state department has created a new position, Senior Advisor for Outreach, in order to tap the large Indian-American population. "These Indian-Americans cherish their ties back to India and they support strong ties between the US and India. But they don't always know how to build them,'' he added. The new Senior Advisor hopes to link Indian-Americans with Indians to support a stronger US-India partnership.
While commenting on how the US was India's largest investor, he was quick to point to the investments made by Indian companies in the US. "Tens of thousands of Americans now work for companies with names like Essar, Tata, Reliance, Mahindra and Wockhardt," he said.
"I will be seeking inputs from business leaders on how we can continue to grow our already robust economic ties,'' he added.
He also spoke of collaborations between India and the US on the security front. "India and the US stand together against those who use violence to instill fear and create divisions between people," he added.