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Obama invites PM to visit US, Modi says looks forward to visit

11modiAgencies, New Delhi
US President Barack Obama has formally  invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Washington in  September and Mr Modi, while accepting the invitation, said he  looked forward to a result-oriented visit with concrete outcomes.

The invitation was extended by US Deputy Secretary of State  William Burns who called on the Prime Minister here today.

Mr Burns delivered a letter from President Obama to the  Prime Minister reiterating the US President’s invitation to  visit Washington in September and to work closely to make  India-US relations a defining partnership for the 21st  Century.

The Prime Minister, while thanking President Obama for the  invitation, said he looked forward to a “result-oriented” visit with concrete outcomes that impart new momentum and energy to  India-US strategic partnership.
He said re-energising the partnership between India and  the US would send an important message to the region and beyond.

Articulating his vision for India-US relations, the Prime Minister  said the relationship between the world’s oldest and largest  democracies should not only be for the benefit of the two countries,  but emerge as a powerful force of good for peace, stability  and prosperity in the world.
Mr Burns conveyed to the Prime Minister Mr Obama’s desire  to strengthen economic relations, including in next-generation  technologies and manufacturing sector, cooperation in enhancing  energy security, deepening security cooperation, including in  maritime security, counter-terrorism and intelligence exchange,  expanding consultation and coordination on Afghanistan and  working more broadly for security and prosperity in Asia.

The Prime Minister reiterated his desire to strengthen  relations with all neighbours.

Mr Modi recalled President Obama’s telephone call soon  after the election and expressed his appreciation for Mr Obama’s  detailed and thoughtful letter.

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