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Want ties with Modi govt to meet people's hopes: US
The US said it wants to partner the Narendra Modi government in meeting the hopes and aspirations of Indians who
have given it a resounding mandate even as the two sides were working closely to finalize a date for a meeting between
Modi and American President Barack Obama.
This was conveyed by US assistant secretary of state Nisha Desai Biswal during her meetings with senior foreign ministry
officials including foreign secretary Sujatha Singh. "We are having some wonderful meetings and consultations with the
government of India. We are committed to US-India relationship. This is an opportunity for us to hear the priorities and
the opportunities that the new government is seeking in terms of their desire for this relationship," she told reporters.
Biswal said the US President has invited Modi for a meeting and that the two governments are working out mutually
convenient dates for the meet.
Obama was among the first foreign leaders to call up Modi and congratulate him on his "emphatic election victory" and
said the largest democracy in the world has given a "decisive mandate". During the call, Obama had invited Modi to visit
the US. The call was the first high-level contact between Modi and the US leadership ever since 2005, when the Gujarat
chief minister had been denied a US visa over the 2002 riots in the state. Biswal held talks with her Indian counterpart,
the joint secretary in-charge of America division in MEA Vikarm Doraiswami.
Assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, Biswal, was accompanied by United States interim Ambassador to
India, Kathleen Stephens, who arrived here a few days ago. Stressing that the US is committed to US-India relationship,
Biswal said Modi government has received a resounding mandate and people have voted with hope and aspirations and
"US wants to partner with India in meeting those hopes and aspirations". "We look forward to working together in the
months and the years ahead. So this is an opportunity for us to hear from the government on their agenda and their
priorities," she said.
Biswal is expected to meet Union Minister Prakash Javadekar before leaving for the United States.
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U.S.-India Business Council Bullish About Indian Economy
United States and India Business Council (USIBC) said the Council is "quite bullish and upbeat" about the prospects of
Indian economy under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
This was stated by the Council President Ajay Banga, president and CEO, Master Card, who led a delegation of the
Council at a meeting with Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu here today, according to a release.
Banga said that in the current global situation in which manufacturing bases are returning to the U.S., Mexico and a few
other countries, India should take advantage and become a strong member of the supply chain through necessary
initiatives.
The delegation noted that the decisive mandate Modi government has got in recent general elections has received
global attention and said such a clear mandate would enable necessary policy initiatives for economic development of
India. The delegation consisted of former Ambassador Frank Wisner, Stephen Briam, Vice-President, IBM, Purna Saggurti
of Bank of America, Dianne Farrell, Acting President of the Council and Vipul Shah, CEO and Chairman, Dow India. Naidu
said India always valued cooperation with the U.S. and Modi government would not miss any opportunity of bilateral
cooperation for mutual benefit as the Prime Minister is keen to put the economy back on track.
Executives of IBM and Dow expressed the intention of their companies to appropriately contribute to urban
development initiatives of the central government.
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