US ends boycott of Indian opposition leader Modi tipped to be next PM
Published on Feb 13, 2014 11:30 PM
GANDHINAGAR , India (AFP) - The United States on Thursday ended a decade-long boycott of Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi over deadly religious riots, as its envoy held talks with the man tipped to be next prime minister.
Ms Nancy Powell, the US ambassador to India, shook hands with Mr Modi who presented her with a bouquet at his official residence in the western state of Gujarat where he is chief minister, before closed-door talks.
The pair held "comprehensive and wide-ranging discussions" in the state capital Gandhinagar, including on economic development, "terrorist groups", India's assistance in Afghanistan and health, Mr Modi's office said.
Mr Modi also raised a recent row over the "ill-treatment" of a New York-based Indian diplomat, whose arrest and strip search sparked fury in India.
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