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Manmohan Singh to meet Obama to discuss bilateral issues
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet the US President Barack Obama today, a day after he arrived in Washington DC in the USA, to discuss a number of issues related to defense, economic, bilateral and multilateral concerns. India is making a last-minute push to close a nuclear deal in time for a meeting between Obama and Singh, who has made atomic energy cooperation with Washington, a hallmark of his tenure.

Commenting on this proposed meeting with Obama, he said they would review the progress that has been made and also what further could be done to strengthen it. Mr. Singh said, “United States are one of the important strategy partners, and during President Obama's regime we have taken several steps to widen and deepen this partnership in diverse ways. During this present visit we will review the progress that has been made and also what further can be done to give added meaning to this partnership,” reported ANI.

India aims to lift its nuclear capacity to 63,000 megawatts in the next 20 years by adding nearly 30 reactors. “The United States is one of India's most important trading partners, and is also an important provider of investment and technology support for India's development. We need the United States in our side as we move to give new added trust to our development programmes,” said Mr. Singh.

In the course of his visit to Washington, the Indian prime minister is also likely to discuss the prevailing situation in Afghanistan, after pull out of the US forces and its impact in the region, “We will also review the international situation, particularly with regard to international economic situation, situation in regions like South-east Asia, the middle-east, west Asia.”

This will be the third Obama-Singh summit meeting with the previous meetings taking place in 2009 and 2010. After the meeting, both leaders will issue a joint statement in a media interaction, after which Obama will host Singh for a lunch. Mr. Singh will soon leave for New York to address the UN General Assembly as well.

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