India’s ties with major powers firmed up: Patil

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) India’s relations with major powers of the world had strengthened, pointing to the country’s growing global stature, President Pratibha Patil said here Monday.

‘Our relations with major powers have been further consolidated. The prime minister’s visit to the USA laid the framework for the further expansion of the India-US partnership at the bilateral, regional and global level,’ Patil said, addressing a joint sitting of both houses of parliament on the opening day of the budget session.

‘My visit to Russia and the visit by the prime minister have renewed our time-tested friendship and opened new areas of cooperation,’ Patil said in her nearly hour-long address.

‘Our strategic and cooperative partnership with China progressively acquired greater regional and global content. The visit of the prime minister of Japan underlined our mutual desire to accelerate our cooperation in all areas.’

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