Washington, Jan 30 (Agencies): US President Barack Obama has pledged to build a "true global, strategic partnership" with India as he dropped in during key talks between National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and his counterpart Tom Donilon.

The US President also emphasized upon advancing bilateral economic ties and making progress on nuclear security efforts.

"The President joined the meeting (between Menon and  Donilon) and reaffirmed his commitment to building a true global, strategic partnership with India," the White House said in a statement after the talks on Saturday.

Obama is believed to have been present at the Menon-Donilon meeting at the White House for about 15 minutes during which he clearly reflected that he remained focused on strengthening the relationship between India and the US.

"The President relayed his priorities for the coming year, including advancing our bilateral economic relationship and making progress on nuclear security efforts," the White House said.

Hillary hosts Indian envoy

In another special gesture, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday hosted a lunch for Menon, who is here at the invitation of Donilon to follow-up on the outcomes of Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Summit in India in November last year.
    
"Mr Donilon and Mr Menon discussed ways to advance our bilateral agenda over the coming year, including the implementation of initiatives launched during the Summit, as well as building new platforms for collaboration that fulfill the promise of our global strategic partnership," the White House said.

Apart from reviewing the implementation of initiatives launched during the India visit of Obama in November, Menon is here to discuss developments in bilateral relationship in preparation for the Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi in April. Clinton will lead a high-level US delegation at the dialogue.

"Our US-India Strategic Dialogue is premised on our strong support for India's role as an important actor on the international stage," P J Crowley, the State Department spokesman, said ahead of the meeting.

In Menon's meeting with Burns and luncheon with Clinton, the two sides reviewed implementation of initiatives launched during Obama's visit to India and discussed developments in the bilateral ties in preparation for the upcoming Strategic Dialogue in New Delhi, State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said.

"These discussions are build on the strong platform of cooperation enshrined in our global strategic partnership. All of our US–India Strategic Dialogue discussions are premised on our strong support for India's role as an important actor on the international stage," Toner said on the discussions held at the State Department.