India a Priority for Obama, Modi Told

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Seeking to set an ambitious agenda, US President Barack Obama is looking forward to a Summit meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September, said US functionaries John Kerry and Penny Pritzker.

Recently, Kerry, US Secretary of State, and Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce, met Modi and said the two countries should prepare for concrete outcomes during the Summit to take the relationship to ‘an entirely new level on the basis of vision, strategy and action plan.’

Modi is slated to travel to Washington in September end for his first Summit meeting with Obama. Conveying that Obama attaches great priority to relations with India, both for bilateral cooperation and global partnership, they said he looks forward to a ‘productive and fruitful’ Summit in September to ‘set an ambitious new agenda to chart a new course in the relationship’, a PMO statement said.

Modi said there was broad convergence of views and interests between the two countries. He conveyed his appreciation for Obama's ‘thoughtful and detailed letter’ and asked both sides to prepare for ‘concrete outcomes during the Summit to take the relationship to an entirely new level, on the basis of vision, strategy and action plan’, the statement said.

Modi outlined his vision for India and for the partnership between the world`s two largest democracies in addressing global challenges, promoting peace and stability in the world and supporting India's own economic transformation.

The prime minister highlighted the opportunities for partnership in trade, investment, clean energy, innovation, education, skill development, agro-processing, youth empowerment, among others.

Modi emphasised the need for developed countries to understand the challenges of poverty in developing countries and their governments' responsibilities in addressing them, when discussions take place in international forums.

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