Addressing prestigious James Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Houston's Rice University, she said, "We are at an exciting moment of hope and opportunity as Prime Minister Singh and President Obama prepare to build on the progress we have made to take the relationship to a new level."
Manmohan Singh will be visiting US on Nov 24. It is the first official state visit hosted by President Obama, considered a signal honour for India and showing the deep respect he has for the Indian prime minister.
"The nuclear agreement that has been as much a symbol as an instrument of the transformation in our relationship with an extraordinary breadth of our engagement (that) has taken us into, hitherto, uncharted territories, including defence, intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation," she said.
"Today, the India-US relationship has evolved into a truly comprehensive partnership of mutual trust and confidence, intensifying political dialogue that is increasingly global in reach, and deepening strategic understanding," Shankar added.