Source: News Bharati English19 Nov 2016 12:23:27

Washington, Nov 19: Reiterating the strong strategic ties with India, United States called India as a Key Partner. "We greatly value and respect the relationship we have with India today and the one that we have worked very, very hard at improving and strengthening, "said State Department Spokesperson John Kirby.

After the change of guard in 2016 presidential elections in United States of this was the first reaction from Obama administration over the Indo- US ties.

Welcoming the appointment of Navtej Sarna as new Indian Ambassador Ambassador to the US Kirby said "We are going to stay completely focused on that for the remainder of this Obama administration and we welcome the new ambassador and  looking forward to working closely with him ," Kirby added.

Taking a firm stand over the India-US relations under new President-elect Donald Trump Kirby said, "What happens after the inauguration of our new President is really for the new administration to speak to.