Breakthrough in civil nuclear deal with US

RSTV Bureau

modi_obamaPrime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama addressed the joint press conference on Sunday after the delegation level talks at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

The two leaders also took a breath of air in the Hyderabad House gardens for a ‘one-on-one’ discussion and had ‘Chai pe Charcha’ (talk on the tea).

Addressing the Press Conference, PM Narendra Modi said Barack Obama’s second visit to India reflects transformation in the relationship between the two nations.

Terming Indo-US ties a natural global partnership, both the leaders emphasized that both nations are natural partners and there is a substantive progress in the relations between the two nations.

India and the US today also reached a breakthrough on the stalled civil nuclear agreement by agreeing on commercial cooperation and decided to take defence cooperation to a new level including upgrading domestic defence industry and advanced technologies.

The contours of the operationalisation of the nuclear deal, which has been in limbo for the last more than six years, were not immediately available, although President Barack Obama described it as a “breakthrough”.

In his opening remarks at the joint media interaction, Modi disclosed that on the nuclear deal the two countries “are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our law, our international obligations and technical and commercial viability.”

At the outset, both the leaders said they were committed to deepening relations between the two countries and the fact that Obama is the first US President to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day celebrations and also the first to visit India twice were signs of the growing relations.

Chemistry between US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was evident today with the Indian leader calling him by his first name more than once during their joint media interaction.

Obama displaying similar camaraderie in turn addressed the Indian leader as ‘Modi’ and referred to their personal relationship which they had been able to build “in a very brief amount of time”.

Before making the opening remarks, President Obama greeted people in Hindi, “Mera pyar bhara namaskar (my greetings with love)” and said deepening ties with India will remain a top foreign policy priority for his administration.

Terming relationship with India crucial, US President said, “Relationship with India is critical for US progress in 21st century”.

PM Modi said that he believed that relations between countries depend less on “full stops and commas on papers” and more on relations between leaders. “How much they know each other, how is their chemistry, these are very important”, while US President said that development of any relation is not a overnight job.

PM Narendra Modi said that the US President gave his assurance of strong efforts in support of India’s full membership of the four multilateral export control regimes at the earliest.

“We have decided to establish direct hotline between me and the US President and also between our National Security Advisers”, said Modi.

President Obama also promised support to India in its domestic needs as well as on the international stage.

He said that the US will support India’s ambitious mission of solar energy, launching new projects to improve air quality in Indian cities as well as making India the permanent member in a reformed UN Security Council.

Terming terrorism as a “principal” global threat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there should be no distinction between terrorist groups and pressed for countries to fulfill their commitment to wipe out their safe havens and bring them to justice.

Both leaders also said that India and US must have regular summits at greater frequency for developing relations.

Both the leaders also promised full support on the climate issue.

Remembering PM Narendra Modi’s US visit, President Obama said, “Prime Minister Modi caused great excitement in the US when he visited last year”.