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Modi accepts Obama invite

Modi accepts Obama invite
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Modi accepts Obama invite, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accepted a formal invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the US in September this year.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday accepted a formal invitation from President Barack Obama to visit the US in September this year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with  US Dy Secretary of State William Burns in Delhi on Friday.
US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, who is on visit To India, handed over a letter of invitation on behalf of US President Barack Obama.

In reply to the invitation, Modi told Burns, that he "looks forward to a result-oriented visit to the US with a concrete outcome that imparts new momentum to strategic partnership," Press Trust of India reported.

Burns, who had met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday, said President Obama looked forward to meeting Prime Minister Modi in September and that it would be a "valuable opportunity" to renew the strategic partnership and spur trade between the two countries.

The visiting US official said that the Modi-led BJP had won a very a strong mandate to invigorate India's development and its rise on the world stage. "America has deep stake in India's success and PM Modi's success. As the world's two largest democracies and two of world's largest economies, USA and India share stake in each other's success. Our partnership can contribute enormously to a safer world," he said.

It was the first high-level contact between Modi and the US leadership ever since Washington denied the former a visa in 2005, citing the 2002 riots in Gujarat, of which Modi was chief minister till he took over as the country's Prime Minister.

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