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Indo-US partnership to result in global prosperity: Bush

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New Delhi, Mar 2 (UNI) Hours after sealing the Indo-US nuclear deal, US President George W Bush tonight said the strategic relations between the two democracies would result in greater global prosperity.

Speaking at a banquet President A P J Abdul Kalam hosted in honour of the visiting dignitary and his wife, Laura, on the picturesque lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mr Bush declared that Indo-US relations ''are strong and rest on a firm foundations'' that can transform nations.

Thanking Dr Kalam for the ''wonderful dinner,'' he said he and his wife, Laura, appreciated the opportunity given to them to visit ''your beautiful country.'' Acknowledging that the contributions of two million ''individuals of Indian descent'' in the United States by doing well in business, science and arts had made America a better nation and further strengthened the bilateral relations with New Delhi.

Mr Bush also recalled India's proud civilisation which thousands of years ago had trade relations with other countries and excelled in architecture. India was also known for attracting several explorers, one of whom in fact discovered America.

Earlier, Mr Bush had a delegation level talks with Mr Kalam. He was assisted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, while Dr Kalam was assisted by Mr Kapil Sibal, Minister-in-waiting, Indian Ambassador to US Ronen Sen, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and Mr S Jaishankar, Joint Secretary (Americas).

The banquet was attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and many of his Cabinet colleagues, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Leader of Opposition L K Advani and several eminent personalities from various spheres of life.

Earlier, in his banquet address, Dr Kalam said the partnership between India and the United States would become a truly global one when they together addressed the key contemporary challenges like terrorism, energy demand, clean development, natural disasters or health pandemics.

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