Indian prime minister to meet Obama in September

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 11, 2014 at 8:05 am •  Published: July 11, 2014
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NEW DELHI (AP) — India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet President Barack Obama in Washington in September during a visit aimed at restoring strained relations between the countries.

At a meeting in New Delhi, Modi told U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns that he was accepting an invitation from Obama, the prime minister's office said in a statement Friday.

Modi said ties between the two democracies would be a powerful force for peace, stability and prosperity in the world.

"Burns conveyed President Obama's desire to strengthen economic relations" between the countries, the statement said.

Several areas of bilateral interest including new technologies, energy security, counterterrorism and exchange of intelligence were listed in the statement as issues that were likely to figure in the talks between Obama and Modi.

Relations between India and the United States have been strained by the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York in December over charges of visa fraud.

There was widespread outrage in India when it became known that the diplomat, India's deputy consul general in New York was arrested and strip-searched.

Devyani Khobragade was accused of lying on visa forms so she could bring her maid to the U.S. while paying her a pittance. Khobragade returned to India in January, but charges are still pending.



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