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India's once-shunned Modi to meet Obama in Washington in September

Published on Jul 11, 2014 7:38 PM
 
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to a crowd at a gathering after inaugurating a train on a new stretch of railway to the town of Katra, north-west of Jammu on July 4, 2014. Mr Modi on Friday, July 11, 2014, accepted an invite to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington in September, a statement said, as the two countries look to rebuild strained relations. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accepted an invite to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington in September, a statement said, as the two countries look to rebuild strained relations.

US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns formally invited Modi during a meeting between the pair in New Delhi on Friday, as part of a two-day visit to India to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties.

"Prime minister thanked President Obama for the invitation and looked forward to a result-oriented visit with concrete outcomes that imparts new momentum and energy to India-US strategic partnership," a statement from Modi's office said.

Modi considered that strengthening India-US relations "would send an important message to the region and beyond", the statement said.

 
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