Solidarity between India and the United States is a force for global good, a senior US lawmaker has said, noting that the two countries have worked closely together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congressman Darren Soto said he looked forward to continued collaboration between the United States and India.

“Madam President, I recognize the strong, multidimensional and mutually vital partnership between the United States of America and the Republic of India,” Soto said in his address to the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

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“Our two nations share a partnership for peace, progress and prosperity. Solidarity between our two democratic and open-economy countries is a force for global good,” he said.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Soto said, the two nations have worked closely together.

“There was strong collaboration in the health sector, including in vaccines, where the United States provided raw materials to India for vaccine production during a time of spike in cases in the country.” , did he declare.

Sotto said one of the important pillars of this relationship is the enduring bridge provided by the Indo-American community in his district.

“I regularly meet with members of the Indo-American community, including successful hotel owner Mr. Jan Gautam, and learn from them about our Indian friends and their progress,” he added. .

“The support of the Indian-American community, through the Asian American Hotel Owners Association, was instrumental in helping Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria,” the congressman said.

“During my last trip to India, our delegation learned about the importance of advances in artificial intelligence technology, its role in the relations between our nations and its possible applications for industry and the labor force. -work,” he said.

“We met with the former Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, Aluru Seelin Kiran Kumar, where we discussed his organizational structure, mission, applications and achievements.

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“Later, in meetings with former Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan, we discussed the importance of space exploration and the advancement of cybersecurity, all in the context of the collaboration between our great democracies,” Soto said.

He said he recently met India’s consul general in the southeast, Swati Kulkarni.

“I have read about India’s development efforts including the efforts made during the recent announcement of the Union Budget 2022-23,” he said.