PM Modi meets Barack Obama, wraps up US visit

RSTV Bureau
New york : President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, meet together in a bilateral meeting, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters.  Photo PTI

New York : President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, meet together in a bilateral meeting, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at United Nations headquarters. Photo PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for India early on Tuesday morning, concluding his six-day visit to the US. Before leaving, PM Modi held bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama.

During the meeting both leaders decided to “further refine” the Indo-US strategic partnership on several spheres.

“We discussed how we can further refine our strategic vision,” said Obama after the hour-long talk. This was the third time the two spoke face to face in over a year.

Obama also reiterated US’ support to India’s permanent membership at the UNSC. PM Modi thanked the US President and also sought US’ support in completing the UNSC reform process within a fixed time frame.

“I expressed our appreciation for continued US support for India’s membership of the international export control regimes within our targeted time frame,” PM Modi added.

A discussion on climate change gained centre-stage when the two leaders met. Both Obama and Modi expressed their commitment to meet the challenge faced by the world.

PM Modi underlined the need for concrete outcomes at the upcoming global conference on climate change in Paris which begins on November 30.

“Much of our discussion today was focused on the upcoming Climate Conference in Paris. We are encouraged by the aggressive nature of Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to clean energy….I think India’s leadership in the upcoming conference will set the tone not just for today but for decades to come,” the US President said.

President Obama also said that he has complete confidence in the abilities of India and US to partner with other large countries like China in the matter.

“President and I share an uncompromising commitment on climate change, without affecting our ability to meet the development aspirations of humanity. We have both set ambitious national agendas,” said PM Modi.

“We look forward to comprehensive and concrete outcome in Paris with a positive agenda on combating climate change….I also thank President Obama for his positive response to my call for a global public partnership for developing affordable clean energy sources that will enable faster adoption of clean energy across the world,” Prime Minister Modi added while pressing for the need for developing mechanisms to ensure affordable as well as accessible sources of clean energy.

On the economic front, PM Narendra Modi said that the economic partnership between India and the US is a key driver of the relationship between the two. Here, PM mentioned his “excellent” meetings with business leaders in New York and San Jose.

“I am very pleased with their confidence in India and value their constructive feedback and suggestions,” he said.

“We will also continue to work towards a stronger bilateral framework of economic cooperation, including the Bilateral Investment Treaty and Totalisation Agreement,” he said.

Other than climate change talks, both leaders agreed to push ahead with cooperation in the areas of security, counter-terrorism, defence and economy.

“Our defence cooperation, including defence trade and training is expanding. As existing terrorism threats grow and new ones emerge, we have resolved to further deepen cooperation on counter-terrorism and radicalism,” PM Modi said.

(With inputs from PTI)