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Indo-US ties improved: Thornhill
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEPT 8 (NPN):
Published on 9 Sep. 2008 12:53 AM IST
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Deputy Country Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy, New Delhi, Ms. Elizabeth Thornhill, has said Indo-US relations have improved over the years and expected to grow further in the years to come. “US sees India as a valuable and natural partner,” said Ms. Thornhill, while interacting with some senior journalists here at Hotel Japfu on Monday. “We (US and India) are the two most democratic countries in the world – the oldest and the largest democracies… we partner and collaborate to increase democracy,” the US embassy official who is on a three-day visit to Nagaland said. On education, Thornhill said the United States was taking keen interest in providing scholarship to Indian students and informed that US Education Foundation in India had been renamed US India Education Fund (USIEF) from this year onward. Dwelling on HIV/AIDs, she said HIV/AIDs was a global problem and that the US was giving aids to India and other countries to tackle the menace and also worki ng to find a solution to problem. She also discoursed on the US presidential election, which will witness a straight fight between Republican candidate John Mc Cain and Democrat candidate Barrack Obama, on November 5 this year. Smita Basu, Cultural Affairs Specialist American Center also joined in the interaction. Earlier on Monday morning, Ms. Elizabeth Thornhill gave a presentation on US Presidential elections and a talk on higher education in the US to the faculty members and students of Kohima Law College at the Conferences Hall of Red Cross Building, Kohima. Later in the evening, she interacted with members of Rotary Club, Kohima. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Thornhill is scheduled to give a presentation on US Presidential elections and talk on higher education in the US at Baptist College Kohima and Patkai Christian College, Chumukedima, respectively.

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