Modi accepts Obama invite, seeks result-oriented visit

July 12, 2014 - 12:35:56 am
US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns (left) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi stand during their meeting in New Delhi yesterday.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted US President Barack Obama’s invitation to visit the US in September and said he looked forward to a “result-oriented visit” with concrete outcomes that impart new momentum to the strategic partnership between the two countries.

Obama’s formal invitation was conveyed by US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns who met Modi yesterday and delivered a letter from the US president.

In the letter, Obama reiterated his invitation to Modi to visit Washington in September and to work closely with him to make India-US relations a “defining partnership” for the 21st century.

Burns conveyed Obama’s desire to boost economic ties with India, including in next-generation technologies and manufacturing sector, cooperate in enhancing energy security and deepen security cooperation, including in maritime security, counter-terrorism and intelligence exchange.

“Articulating his vision for India-US relations, Modi stated that the relationship between the world’s oldest and largest democracies should not only be for the benefit of the two countries, but should emerge as a powerful force of good for peace, stability and prosperity in the world,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Modi was denied a visa in 2005 for travel to the United States following religious riots in 2002 in Gujarat while he was the chief minister. Even so, he has responded positively to the US advances and shown no resentment publicly. Agencies

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