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India-US Relations: What will be the focus of Narendra Modi-Barack Obama talks?
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for his maiden visit to the US later this week. Not only India and the US, but the entire world is anxiously towards this visit and is awaiting possible outcomes from the meeting between Narendra Modi and the President Barack Obama.

Putting the past behind, President Barack Obama has invited the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had been denied the US visa for nearly a decade. There are great expectations all around from the corridors of power in Washington to business circle to the Indian-American community.

According to a survey by an Indian industry body Assocham, India Inc. is very optimistic about the ensuing visit of PM Modi with an impressive 77 per cent of corporate heads and senior management expecting tangible results.

India Inc. is of the view that talks between the two state heads will take the India- US economic engagement to a further scale from a sizeable level of about USD 150 billion a year.

Former foreign minister and ex-Congress leader K. Natwar Singh is of the view that Modi's US visit will be successful.

"Modi has explained about his visit to the US in his interview with (CNN's) Zakaria. After listening to the interview, I think it will be a successful visit," K. Natwar Singh.

What India and the US can gain from this forthcoming visit of Modi? What are the various issues that are likely to dominate the talks between Modi and Obama? Analysts who are considering the visit as an important one feel that Modi's two-day long visit from September 29-30, is likely to focus majorly on economic relations between the two countries.

Naresh Chandra, a former Indian ambassador to the US says that both the countries will discuss issues like defence cooperation, transfer of military technology, nuclear power generation. He say that during this visit India and the US can minimize their differences on the issues related with climate change and WTO.

"This is a very important relationship and there are number of issues pending. One is defence cooperation and transfer of military technology, civil nuclear power generation. We can come closer perhaps regarding differences on climate change and WTO. Also, how to increase cooperation and coordinated action to meet the challenge of terrorism particularly terrorism outfits like ISIS? Also to come to some cooperative arrangements with regards to safety of commerce on the sea i.e. Indian Ocean and South China sea. Cooperation between the two navies is obviously to each others advantage," said Chandra.

Chandra further says that both the state heads can discuss the ways to make Indian market more attractive for foreign investors.

"You know the (Indian) PM has given a lot of signals for improving foreign investments in India. So there will be discussion on what needs to be done to make the Indian market more attractive for foreign investors. Then there are energy security issues as far as India is concerned. We have to depend on imports, so what can be done to meet India's energy needs both by way of investment and technology," added Chandra.

Dr. BB Bhattacharya, former Vice-Chancellor at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University also feels that Modi will focus more on bringing investment into India from the US during his talks with Obama.

"The most significant thing would be investment, that's what Modi's agenda. But certainly it also means establishing India's credibility in terms of its good partnership with US technology. In the past several understanding went on a difficult track, so once we establish our credentials, then India-US relationship will be stronger," said Dr. Bhattacharya.

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