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Manmohan Singh visit to the US - November 2009


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Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is visiting the US in November 2009. Reports say that chances are very slim that any big-ticket agreements will be signed. He landed at the Andrews Air Force base on November 22, 2009. US President Barack Obama welcomed him to the White House as the first State Guest of his presidency. The State Dinner was scheduled for Tuesday evening; soon after his ceremonial welcome at the White House, the first meeting between the two leaders in the United States and a press conference. The Obama White House got fully prepared for Dr. Singh's visit.

Outlining the Obama Administration's New Strategic Dialogue, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William J. Burns said that greater Indo-US cooperation can be expected on counter-terrorism, reconstruction in Afghanistan, non-proliferation, and defence sector during Dr. Singh's visit.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama expressed hope that Manmohan Singh would discuss Tibet issue with Obama.

Dr. Singh has reiterated that there is no question of New Delhi considering a proposal to redraw the international boundary that separates Indian Kashmir and Pakistan Kashmir. He said that India attaches high priority to its relations with the USA.

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Arrest of Coleman, Rana clearly establishes terror link originating in Pakistan: Preneet Kaur
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Obama assured me that US, China will not interfere in India, Pak affairs: Singh
Rounding up his four-day visit of Washington before heading for Trinidad to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that he had received a reassurance from US President Barack Obama that the reference to South Asia (India and Pakistan) in last weeks US-China joint statement did not mean that Washington or Beijing would interfere in the affairs of these nations. ANI

Summary of points taken up at meeting between Obama and Manmohan Singh
Following are the highlights/briefing points of the meeting between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh that took place at the White House on Tuesday. ANI

Manmohan says minor problems in Indo-US nuke deal will be sorted out soon
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Wednesday that some minor problems regarding reprocessing will be sorted out soon, resulting in early operationalisation of the civil nuclear deal with the US. ANI

PM confident about Indo-US ties; looks to strengthen momentum
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday said that he had completed a very productive visit to the United States, and based on his discussions with President Barack Obama and other American leaders, he was confident about the future of Indo-US ties and looked forward to strengthening the momentum of these ties. ANI

PM regrets leakage of Liberhan Commission report
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Wednesday, regretted the leakage of the enquiry report of the Liberhan Commission, which probed the circumstances leading to the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992. ANI

There is bipartisan support for Indias role in Afghanistan: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said on Wednesday that there is bipartisan support for Indias role in Afghanistan and there are no negative jibes about it. ANI

India will continue to seek ways to work with Pak: PM
Coming to the end of his landmark visit to Washington at the invitation of US President Barack Obama, Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said on Wednesday that New Delhi would continue to look for ways to work with Pakistan. ANI

26/11 was cause of deep sorrow for me as PM, ordinary citizen: Manmohan Singh
Stating that the 26/11 terror attack on Mumbai was a cause of deep sorrow for him both as Indias Prime Minister and as an ordinary citizen, Dr. Manmohan Singh told the media at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel here on the eve of the incidents first anniversary that it should be observed as a Day of Remembrance and all should pay homage to the innocent civilians and brave men in unform who lost their lives in one of the worst terrorist attacks this country has seen. ANI

Obama could send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan
US President Barack Obama has said that he is determined to finish the job in Afghanistan. ANI

Obama could send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan
US President Barack Obama has said that he is determined to finish the job in Afghanistan. ANI

Obamas host glittering gala with their distinctive touch
At their first state dinner on Tuesday night, US President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, made sure to infuse the glittering gala with their distinctive touch. ANI

Michelle Obama enjoys her day out at White House State banquet
It was U.S. First Lady Michelle Obamas day out at various social events at the White House on Tuesday, and she did not disappoint. ANI

Obama intends to finish job in Afghanistan
US President Barack Obama has said that he intends to finish the job in Afghanistan, and that his new strategy would break from the policies he had inherited from the Bush administration. ANI

US, India, an enduring partnership in uncertain times, says expert
India and the United States have forged an enduring partnership that one expert on South Asian affairs feels is positive and good in these uncertain times. ANI

White House releases state dinner guest list
The White House released the list of expected guests for Tuesday nights state dinner. ANI

India, US agree to promote more effective global cooperation
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama have recognized that the India-U.S. relationship is important for managing the challenges the world will face in the 21st century. ANI

US, India take steps to protect health of people
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed the strong collaboration between India and the United States in the area of public health. ANI

India, US pledge to stimulate global economic revival
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama on Tuesday took note of the new opportunities offered by their economies and their respective strengths, and their potential for future growth to catalyze global economic growth, and pledged to create conditions that would facilitate their continued expansion. ANI

India, US agree to forge Green Partnership to address global climate change challenges
India and the United States have agreed to forge a Green Partnership to address global climate change challenges in the 21st century. ANI

TV channels, crew banned from White House state dinner
The air of excitement and anticipation prevailing ahead of the White House State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama and US First Lady Michelle Obama for visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur was dampened by a blanket ban on televison channels and crew. ANI

India, US acknowledge terrorism threat, advance global security and counter-terrorism steps
Acknowledging the common threat that international terrorism poses to regional and global security, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Obama recognized that the India-U.S. partnership is indispensable for global peace and security. ANI

India, US reaffirm strategic partnership for a better world
Leaders of India and the United States on Tuesday reaffirmed the global strategic partnership through a joint statement issued at the White House after one-to-one and delegation-level meetings here. ANI

Afghanistan needs sustained support of world community: PM
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that war-ravaged Afghanistan needs the sustained support of the world community, and added that India is doing its bit even it does not suit some other countries in the neighbourhood. ANI

Iran must avoid going down the nuclear weapon path: Manmohan Singh
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that Iran must not go down the nuclear weapons path, and added that New Delhi has unambiguously and consistently said that it does not support such a step. ANI

Terrorists have gripped mainland Pakistan: PM
Visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh told a distinguished gathering at the Centre of Foreign Relations (CFR) here on Monday that his country was very concerned about terrorists and insurgents, who were once very active along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, stretching their influence into mainland Pakistan. ANI

India, US can do much more on counter-terrorism cooperation: PM
Expressing his appreciation for the cooperation that India has received from the United States in the area of counter-terrorism in the recent past, particularly in the context of the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said on Monday that he was convinced that both countries had the wherewithal to expand cooperation in this area further. ANI

Climate change: India determined to be part of the solution, says PM
Accepting that India was a latecomer to industrialization and has contributed very little to the accumulation of greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said New Delhi is determined to be part of the solution on the climate change front. ANI

Progress, reform urgently needed at United Nations: PM
Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday once again called on the United States and other developed countries to take a leadership role in ensuring that reform takes place in the United Nations and its Security Council. ANI

Global meltdown recovery immediate challenge before India, US: PM
Expressing confidence and optimism about the future of the India-US partnership, visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh told a distinguished gathering at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) here, that there is a growing convergence of our national interests, both within the bilateral framework and on regional and global issues, but the immediate challenge before us is to bring the world to full recovery from the global economic and financial crisis. ANI

Pakistan must make a break with the past, abjure terrorism: PM
To have a peaceful South Asia, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, said on Tuesday that Pakistan must make a break with the past, abjure terrorism and come to the table with good faith and sincerity. ANI

Pakistan has not done enough on the Mumbai terror attacks: Manmohan Singh
Ahead of a key visit to the United States where he will be the first head of state or government to be received and feted by President Barack Obama since he took office in January 2009, Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has reiterated his unhappiness over Pakistan efforts in bringing the culprits of the6/11 terror attack on Mumbai to book. ANI

Dalai Lama says Obama not soft on China
The Dalai Lama has defended US President Barack Obama on Sunday, dismissing complaints that the U.S. leader was too soft on China during his visit there last week. ANI

World is a step closer to deal on climate change: Obama
With just two weeks before the start of the Copenhagen summit, US President Barack Omaba said that he and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have reaffirmed that an agreement in the summit should be comprehensive and cover all the issues under negotiations. ANI

Obama rules out mediating in Indo-Pak conflict from outside
The United States will not mediate from outside to resolve all conflicts between India and Pakistan, President Barack Obama told a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday. ANI

Obama to visit India next year
President Barack Obama has accepted Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singhs invitation to visit India, and promised to come next year. ANI

Obama, Manmohan pledge to operationalise nuclear deal
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to fully implement the civil nuclear deal signed by the two countries in 2008. ANI

Red Carpet welcome for Manmohan Singh at White House
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh received a red carpet welcome at the White House in Washington DC on Tuesday. ANI

Obama welcomes Manmohan Singh at White House
US President Barack Obama on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the White House, and said that it is fitting that the Indian Prime Minister should be the first State visitor of his administration. ANI

Welcome ceremony for Manmohan Singh shifted indoors due to rain
The White House welcome ceremony for Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur has been shifted indoors due to continuous rains here. The gun salute has also been cancelled. ANI

Reconstituted India-US CEOs Forum to meet PM,Obama
The reconstitued India-US CEOs Forum met in Washington, on Monday and will meet Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama at the White House today. ANI

World must prepare for peaceful rise of China, says PM
Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, who is on a four-day visit to Washington, has said that while there is a degree of uncertainty on the part of China vis--vis resolving issues with India, he does not understand the reasons behind it. ANI

Obama administration puts on the glitz for Manmohan Singh
Visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh will be greeted by the Obama administration for the first State Guest dinner of his presidency on Tuesday with a red-carpet welcome and a 21-gun salute. ANI

India has expressed concern over US arms supply to Pakistan: Nirupama Rao
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has told media persons here that the Indian Government has expressed its concern to Washington over US arms supply to Pakistan. ANI

US must reassure India that it is a valued strategic partner: Burns
Nicholas Burns, the lead negotiator on the U.S.-India nuclear deal in the Bush administration, has said that Washington must reassure New Delhi that it is a valued strategic partner. ANI

US thanks India for extending hospitality to Dalai Lama
The United States has thanked India for extending hospitality to Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, a comment and a situation that isnt going to please China, which views the latter as a renegade and a splitist. ANI

Most Indians still feel that US giving India short shrift
A majority of Indians across the United States feel that President Barack Obama gave too much deference to China during his recent Asia trip, and thus created doubts about whether Washington is on Indias side, reports the Christian Science Monitor. ANI

White House keeps suspense alive on Manmohan Singhs banquet details
As the White House gets ready to witness the first State dinner of the Obama era in honour of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, speculations over the list of invitees and attire to be worn by the glamorous guests kept the rumour mills abuzz. ANI

State banquet: Menu will be heavy on veggies, low on red meat
The Obama kids will be quite happy they arent attending Tuesdays banquet hosted by their parents - Barack and Michelle-in honour of the Indian Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. ANI

American business role vital to Indo-US strategic partnership: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said that American business has played a vital role in transforming the Indo-US relationship into a strategic partnership. ANI

India, US to sign MoU on energy security and climate change
Addressing a select gathering of Indo-US business leaders here, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh said on Monday that New Delhi plans to sign with the US Government a Memorandum of Understanding on energy security, clean energy and climate change with the objective of increasing bilateral cooperation in specific areas. ANI

Allowing foreign investment to private defence suppliers will benefit US, India: PM
To involve Indian and American industries in enhancing investment flows between both countries, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh on Monday said that Indian private sector defence suppliers are now allowed to have up to 26 percent foreign investment, opening a new avenue for Indo-US collaboration. ANI

A fully operational nuke deal will open large commercial opportunities for US: PM
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Monday said that the civil nuclear cooperation agreement between India and the United States should be seen as a landmark achievement in relations between the two countries, adding that once it becomes fully operational, it will open large commercial opportunities for US business. ANI

USINPAC welcomes Singh, optimistic about talks on terrorism, trade
The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) has welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his State Visit to the US. ANI

US Congress adopts bipartisan resolution to honour Manmohan Singh
The United States Senate has adopted a bipartisan resolution by unanimous consent honouring the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, for his service to the people of India and to the world, and welcoming the Prime Minister to the United States. ANI

India, US at last getting to more deal making than deal breaking
Even if it is only the climate change issue, it seems like Indo-US relations are making a paradigm shift from deal breaking to deal making. ANI

No apprehension about US viewing India differently: Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has said that he does not have any apprehension about the United States viewing India differently because there has been a change of administration in Washington. ANI

As in 2005, PM the driving force for finalising nuke deal with US in 2009
In July 2005 and in the months and years that followed, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, was feted as the visionary architect and driving force of the landmark US-India civil nuclear cooperation deal. ANI

India to tell US no role for China in South Asia
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, is likely to use his four-day visit to Washington commencing from today, to firmly and emphatically reiterate and re-emphasise to the American leadership, that New Delhi does not see a role for China in South Asia, nor will it tolerate attempted third party guardianship initiatives in the region by Beijing. ANI

US-India civil nuclear deal in final stages of completion
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama are reportedly putting pressure on their respective teams on the nuclear issue in the hope of completing the final stages of the over four-year-old civil nuclear cooperation deal as fast as possible. ANI

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