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New head for key US panel on India

February 07, 2007 01:14 IST

South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson has been named the Republican Co Chair of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans.

He replaces Florida's Ilena Ros Lehtinen.

"I am grateful to once again serve as co-chair of the India Caucus. I appreciate Ranking Member Ros-Lehtinen's leadership, and I am excited to continue working with her and all members of the Caucus during the next two years," Wilson said in a statement.

The Republican Congressman was the Co Chair of the India Caucus during the 108th Congress.

"We have secured several recent successes -- most notably the passage of the US-India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act. Building on these accomplishments, I am confident the 110th Congress will prove just as rewarding," Wilson said.

Democratic Caucus members have named Congressman Jim McDermott of the State of Washington as their Co-Chair.

"I have had the pleasure of working closely with Congressman McDermott on issues affecting India, and I look forward to continuing our relationship as we strive to increase ties between the United States and India," Wilson said.

"Rep. Joe Wilson is a credit to his constituents and party, and I am delighted that he too is returning to a leadership role in the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans," McDermott said.

Our role as co-chairs will be unequivocally bi-partisan and that's in the best interests of our nation and our relationship with India" he said.
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