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Narendra Modi, Barack Obama Will Meet in Washington in September

Narendra Modi, Barack Obama Will Meet in Washington in September

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Washington to meet President Barack Obama in September.

Narendra Modi to meet Barack Obama

Narendra Modi to meet Barack Obama

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Washington to meet President Barack Obama in September, signalling a new start in ties with a leader once denied a visa through the United States.

Modi, who swept to power inside a general election last month, has accepted an invite from Obama for two-way talks in Washington.

No comment was immediately offered by the Indian government press office or in the US embassy.

Both countries are keen to boost security and economic ties – the Obama administration has set an objective of quintupling annual trade to $500 billion.

Scheduling has still to become finalised, but the summit would represent upgrading from earlier expectations that Modi, 63, would meet Obama on the sidelines of the annual United Nations general assembly in New York.

Modi, a former chief minister of Gujarat, had been refused a U.S. visa over sectarian strife within the state in 2002, by which more than 1,000 people, mainly Muslims, were killed. He has denied any wrongdoing as well as an Indian Supreme Court inquiry found no case to answer.

The US ambassador to India met Modi earlier this year, as opinion polls showed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on target for an election victory. US officials said a visa and an invitation to satisfy would probably be forthcoming if Modi won.

Modi really wants to cautiously open up the economy to foreign investment to boost growth and job creation.

Modi government may announce when next month that it will allow foreign online retailers to market their own products in India, developing a major business opportunity for players such as Amazon.

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