In a Republic TV exclusive, Senior Editor Niranjan Narayanaswamy caught up with the former United States Ambassador to India Frank Wisner, who is also the head of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). The envoy of US-India ties admitted that he was extremely excited when he saw the pictures in relation to the ‘Howdy, Modi!’ event where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump were walking shoulder to shoulder.
“At this time it is really important and I am delighted that the Prime Minister is here. His appearance in Houston was much more than a signal to the large and extremely effective community of Americans of Indian origin but it is also a signal of the importance of the relationship which India and the United States are developing, so he is very welcome and the reception he received in Houston is a clear example of it,” Wisner added.
The former US Ambassador commenting on PM Modi’s looming address at the UNGA stated, the PM will appear on the world stage in New York and he will be welcomed there as well. He opined that India and the PM both have set a challenge. He further added that India is a strong nation that it is set to become a major player in the world stage.
Speaking about the show of support at the event, Wisner commented that India's strength is good for the United States because the US often finds itself caught up in a troubled part of the world, and finding great powers who share the same ideals and willingness to cooperate to maintain stability, prosperity and peace makes them a good friend in Washington. He further added that Delhi is part of that balance. "So, we are really pleased that the Prime Minister is coming,” he added,
Frank Wisner talking about the challenges the Prime Minister is set to face, said, “On one hand reviving and giving new strength to the Indian Economy is a big challenge and equally the complexity of the region are not to be second-guessed. You have problems with Afghanistan, Pakistan, China just over the horizon and the continuous flow of events due to the Government’s decision in early August to change the status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir,” he added, “so all of these challenges are before the Prime Minister, the key for Americans is to keep our eye on the overall relationship and it’s good for us and India strength is good for America,” he concluded.