USA*ENGAGE Applauds Clinton Goal of Increasing U.S.-India Trade

Wednesday, 22 March 2000

In addition, the two leaders said in a joint statement that the U.S. and India "pledge to reduce impediments to bilateral trade and investment and to expand commerce between us, especially in the emerging knowledge-based industries and high-technology areas."

"I cannot think of a better way to further these goals than for the U.S. to waive its remaining unilateral sanctions on India," said Frank Kittredge, Vice Chairman of USA*ENGAGE and President of the National Foreign Trade Council.

The U.S. imposed sanctions against India in May, 1998, after India tested a nuclear device. Since then, U.S. companies have been prohibited from exporting a number of low-technology items to some Indian entities even if those entities are not involved in the construction of nuclear weapons.

"Current U.S. sanctions were originally designed to deter countries from testing nuclear devices," Kittredge said. "Continuing to maintain them against India at this point is meaningless. If the US is serious about promoting stability and economic development in India, it should lift the sanctions that are standing in the way of that goal."

USA*ENGAGE is a coalition of 670 small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations working to seek alternatives to the proliferation of unilateral U.S. foreign policy sanctions and to promote the benefits of U.S. engagement abroad. For more information on USA*ENGAGE and the harmful effects of unilateral trade sanctions, visit the USA*ENGAGE web site at


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