Markell expressed interest in boosting ties with India during a recent meeting with Indian ambassador Nirupama Rao in the state capital of Dover, according to the Indian embassy in Washington.
Joining the meeting, Delaware's Secretary of State, Jeffery Bullock, who had just returned from India from an exploratory visit, expressed confidence about India-US partnership, and referred to 'immense potential' for co-operation derived from their shared values and interests.
US Senator from Delaware, Tom Carper, who was also present at the meeting, recalled his visit to India in April last year when he travelled as part of a congressional delegation, the embassy said.
Earlier, Rao discussed opportunities to expand business linkages, including technology transfer and capacity building in agro-industry, and poultry with a group of prominent agriculturists, poultry farmers and business representatives of Delaware, which is considered the cradle of poultry industry in the US.
The interaction was attended by the US Undersecretary of Agriculture, Michael Escuse, who is from Delaware and earlier served as the state's Secretary of Agriculture.
Rao was introduced to the group by the other senator from Delaware, Chris Coons, a member of the Senate India Caucus, who had invited the ambassador to visit the state to explore deeper trade, business, academic and people-to-people exchanges between India and Delaware.
In a keynote address on India-US relations at the University of Delaware, Newark, Rao praised it for its excellent research traditions and for building bridges of understanding between India and the US.