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India, U.S. stress strategic ties but tensions remain

Published on Aug 1, 2014 3:22 AM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The United States and India stressed their desire to boost business and defence ties on Thursday, but trade and spying rows were a reminder of the obstacles to President Barack Obama's vision of a "defining"partnership.

After a day of meetings in New Delhi seen as a preparation for a September visit to Washington by new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the Indian leader's election had created a "singular opportunity."

"The moment has never been more ripe to deliver on the incredible possibilities in the relationship between our two nations," he told a news conference after the annual Strategic Dialogue meeting between the two countries.

"The United States and India can and should be indispensable partners in the 21st century," he said.

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