India-US ties indispensable: Obama

November 8th, 2010 - 2:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) The relationship between India and the US is indispensable, US President Barack Obama said here Monday after his talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Thanking Manmohan Singh for a “wonderful dinner” Sunday night, Obama said he had come to India “because I believe the relationship between India and the US is indispensable”.

The partnership spanned confronting terrorism, combating extremism and issues of climate change, he said.

“Ours is no ordinary relationship,” he said, referring to the prime minister as a “man of extraordinary intellect and great integrity”

He said he looked forward to addressing the Indian parliament and the people of India later in the day to “discuss how to take our partnership to the next level”.

The major trade deals signed in Mumbai, Obama said, were an “important step forward in elevating India to one of the US’ top trade partners”.

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