The third Singh-Obama summit at the White House will reaffirm “political commitment” to intensifying strategic partnership, and the Bush era civil nuclear deal, top Indian and American officials said.
The talks would also signal that the India-US bilateral relations have reached “a stage of maturity”.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is arriving here later this week, on a “working visit”, as officials put it, will hold summit level talks with President Obama on September 27.
This will be their third formal, structured meeting in the past four years, and takes forward the momentum built at the political level by the visit of Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Moniz and vice-president Biden to Delhi this year.
“A visit such as this is focused not merely on deliverables but also on establishing and reaffirming the strategic benefits that each side derives (from the relationship)”, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said, and termed the summit as “another opportunity” at high political level to “underline the strategic vision that brings our countries closer together”.
The Bush era civil nuclear deal signed by the two countries will figure in Singh-Obama talks with both sides expected to review the progress in its implementation against the backdrop of Indian plans for a “pre-early works” agreement to buy an American reactor.
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India limited (NPCIL) and the Westinghouse Electric Company (WEC) of America have resolved all government –to-government permissions, and understandings required for enabling commercial negotiations .
Westinghouse wants to sell to India its AP1000 nuclear reactor, four of which it is building in China.
Parrying a question whether the NPCIL-WEC agreement would be signed marking the PM’s visit to the United States, the Foreign Secretary asserted that the pact as and when signed would be subject to Indian law including civil liability clause.
‘’All contracts with foreign companies are subject to Indian laws …there is no question of Indian laws being violated or diluted. The NPCIL will follow government directions and all contracts will follow Indian laws”, Ms Sujatha Singh said, adding “This is the bottom line”.