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US has great expectations on economic growth in India: Senator John McCain tells PM Narendra Modi

Jul 03 2014, 15:40 IST
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SummaryJohn McCain who met Narendra Modi conveyed desire in the US to work with him to revitalise...

The US has high level of expectations about a new momentum of India's economic growth under the new government, senior American Senator John McCain today told Prime Minister Narendra Modi who expressed desire to take the relationship to a new level.

John McCain who met Narendra Modi here conveyed the keen desire in the US to work with him to revitalise the India-US strategic partnership.

Modi said he hoped for forward looking visit to the US in September this year to take the relationship to a new level.

"Prime Minister conveyed his desire to further deepen and expand the strategic partnership, based on our shared values and interests, sensitivity to each other's concerns and tangible progress across the full spectrum of bilateral relations," said a statement by the PMO.

Modi added that the success of democratic countries and their cooperation will advance peace, stability and prosperity in the world.

Both also discussed the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The Prime Minister expressed concern over the increased threat of terrorism across the world, and reiterated that the fight against terror should be a global priority for humanitarian forces," the statement added.

Narendra Modi and McCain talk of desire to "revitalise" India-US ties

Newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushed for improving U.S. ties during a meeting with Senator John McCain in New Delhi on Thursday, as the two countries seek to patch up their differences and boost their economic relationship.

The treatment of an Indian diplomat arrested in New York in December triggered a serious spat between the two countries and was widely blamed for the resignation of the U.S. ambassador to India.

The Obama administration has been seeking to revive ties since Modi's election in May, seeing India as a key strategic counter-balance in Asia to an increasingly assertive China.

Modi "conveyed his desire to further deepen and expand the strategic partnership," a statement from the Indian government said.

It said that he hoped for a "forward looking, result-oriented visit" to the United States in September when he is due to attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

McCain, who told the Senate last week that Washington should seek to help India's economic and military development, spoke of high expectations about a new momentum in India's economic growth under the new government. There was no mention in the statement of defence deals.

Both governments have signalled they are keen to ramp up bilateral trade, which stands at about $100 billion annually

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