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Modi-Obama meeting to boost political and security cooperation

Friday, Sep 25, 2015,14:17 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New York | US President Barack Obama will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, giving the two leaders an opportunity to build on their economic ties and advance political and security cooperation in Asia and around the world, the White House said. 

We are deeply committed to strengthening the US-Indian relationship, building our economic and commercial ties, advancing our political and security cooperation in Asia and around the world, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said.
The meeting would give the two leaders an opportunity to build on the discussions they had in New Delhi in January when Obama travelled to India to attend the Republic Day Parade as its chief guest, he said. This will give the two leaders an opportunity to build on the discussions they had earlier this year during the President’s historic trip to India, Rhodes said.
Notably, India will be critical to a successful global effort to combat climate change, so the two leaders will certainly address their shared vision of how to approach the upcoming meetings in Paris, he said, while giving details of the much-anticipated Obama-Modi meeting in New York next week.
Rhodes said Obama’s engagements at the United Nations would focus majorly on climate change. This includes his meeting with Modi. The President’s meeting with Prime Minister Modi will be very important because India, of course, is also another major economy, major emitter and we’ll want to continue the discussions that we had in India about what Prime Minister Modi is prepared to do to support successful international action against climate change, Rhodes said.
A day earlier, Indian Ambassador to the US Arun K Singh said during the meeting the two leaders would discuss bilateral, regional and global issues. This is the third one-o-one meeting between the two leaders after Modi came to power in May last year. Prime ministers would discuss a range of bilateral, regional and global issues. Economic engagement would certainly be a part of things being discussed, Singh said.