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We hoped India would send troops: US

July 14, 2003 17:02 IST
Last Updated: July 14, 2003 23:25 IST

The United States on Monday reacted cautiously to India's decision to not send troops to Iraq.

No troops for Iraq: Will it affect ties with US?

"As we have said before, this was a decision for the Government of India to make. Our position has been clear on this," a US embassy spokesperson said in New Delhi.

"While we had hoped India would take a different decision, the transformation of US-India relations will continue as before. India remains an important strategic partner for the US," the spokesperson said.

Outgoing US Ambassador Robert Blackwill, who had worked hard to convince his Indian interlocutors in the past weeks, had publicly stuck to the line that the decision to send troops had to be taken by the Indian government and that one way or the other it would not hurt bilateral ties.

Press Trust of India

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Sub: We also hopes us will field their force in Kashmir

It is really a strange thing that their is a discussion even in this regard that india will send force to iraq.When the us troops ...

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Sub: Sending of troops

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Sub: We had hoped, too, that you would listen....

....and refrain from invading Iraq after Blix found no weapons of mass destruction. But you were extremly keen to destroy Iraq, which you have ultimately ...

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India missed a wonderful opportunity to get involved in Iraq. This woul not only have been brought India to the forefront in its international relations, ...

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