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India indispensable…n-power: Obama

In their first steps towards taking the Indo-US strategic partnership to a new level, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Barack Obama sought to consolidate gains rather than break new ground as they identified five core areas to carry forward what the US President called the “defining partnership of the 21st century.”

With the agreement on reprocessing US-origin nuclear fuel hitting a roadblock, the best takeaway for both sides was the ever-improving personal equation between the two leaders.

Obama referred to Singh as a “wise leader” and a person of “honesty and integrity”. “I respect him and I trust him,” said Obama. “And I have happily accepted his gracious invitation to visit India next year.”

The PM praised Obama’s leadership at the G-20 as major economies grappled with the economic crisis.

Noting that India and US share a “common story” of two “proud people” who struggled to break free from an empire and declare their independence, Obama said they are two great republics dedicated to ideals of liberty, justice, equality, and the “never-ending work of perfecting their union.”

On his part, Singh said, “We should cooperate in addressing global challenges of combating terrorism, making our environment cleaner, and moving towards a world free of nuclear weapons.”

Flanked by business leaders Ratan Tata, Sunil Mittal, Kris Gopalakrishnan and Deepak Parekh, Singh hoped that the two countries will be able to “harness the potential” of their talented people.

November 25, 2009 - Posted by | News | , , , , ,

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