India a dominant power in South Asia: Holbrook


Washington Noting that India is a "dominant power" in South Asia, the Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrook on Thursday said the Obama administration is keeping New Delhi informed about its policies in Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

"The Indians are a major factor in the region. They are a dominant power," Holbrook said at a meeting on Afghanistan-Pakistan region organised by the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank.

"Improving US-India relations has been a continual goal of the last three administrations, all of whom have been successful in that regard I think starting with President Clinton's term in 2000," he said.

Responding to a question, Holbrook said India was outside the portfolio of his job.

"On the other hand, I am in constant touch with the embassy. I met with the Indians continually, the New Delhi's Ambassador in Washington and I have had dinner recently. She and I are in close touch," he said.

"I will go to India whenever the schedule permits," Holbrook said.