Before Obama visit, India says no big-bang outcome expected

Nirupama Rao said President Obama`s forthcoming visit will help in creating a long-term strategic framework.

Updated: Nov 02, 2010, 20:50 PM IST

New Delhi: India is not expecting any "big
bang" outcome from the forthcoming visit of US President
Barack Obama but said it will help in creating a long-term
strategic framework by providing substantive content and shape
to the bilateral ties.

Besides reflecting an "essential continuity" to the ties,
the visit will also provide another opportunity to consolidate
all that have been built by two countries in the past decade,
Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said while addressing a
gathering here.

"We are not at a stage in our relationship, perhaps for
another big bang but certainly there will be positive
outcomes...from the forthcoming Presidential visit.

"We will see concrete and significant steps in wide range
of areas that will expand the long-term strategic framework in
a way that we can create productive partnership for the mutual
benefit and (will be) equally important to give substantive
content and shape to the global strategic partnership," she

Rao said recent months has seen an accelerated momentum
in the relationship in various areas, including trade and
counter-terrorism which was evident from the way India got
access to Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley,
currently lodged in jail in the US.

The ties have not only sustained but have deepened and
intensified, she said.

Rao said the two countries have also completed the
remaining steps of implementation of civil nuclear cooperation
agreement, including arrangements and procedures and

She said the country has also signed Convention on
Supplementary Compensation (CSC) on nuclear damages at
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"We welcome the commencement of commercial negotiations
between Indian operators and the US companies and we look
forward to shared goal of robust Indo-US civil nuclear
sector," she said.

She also mentioned that the two countries was at a
stage where they can give concrete shape to their democratic
values by reforming the global institutions of governance to
reflect contemporary realities.