"We have much more to do with India today than has to do with Pakistan." Carter said Friday.

"There's important business with respect to Pakistan, but we have much more - a whole global agenda with India, an agenda that covers all kinds of issues,” he was answering a question from the audience during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations about how the growing US ties with India will impact Washington's relations with Islamabad.

In his address on the eve of leaving on a visit to India, Carter said US relations with India was 'destined to be one of the most significant partnerships of the 21st century'. He said there would be 'exciting new projects' and a 'strategic handshake' with India encompassing military cooperation and defence co-production.

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