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PM returns after visit to US and Trinidad

Last Updated: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 00:24

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
returned here tonight after a nine-day trip that took him to
the US and Trinidad and Tobago during which India and the US
decided to transform their ties into "one of the defining"
relationships of the 21st century.

During his four-day State Visit to the US, first by a
foreign leader under the 10-month old Obama Administration,
Singh met President Barack Obama at the White House and held
talks on the entire gamut of bilateral relations, situation in
the region and global challenges like terrorism, climate
change and economic crisis.

During the visit, the two sides also signed MoUs in
counter-terrorism among others, and both sides decided to
chalk out a new path for further bilateral ties.

One of the key highlights of the visit was the State
banquet hosted by Obama at the White House for Singh and his
wife Gursharan Kaur, a gala event to which enormous colour was
added by a cultural programme and special Indian cuisine.

The visit received immense attention in the American
media, which commented on the rising influence and leadership
of India.

After his US visit, the Prime Minister left for Port
of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, to attend the
Commonwealth Summit.

Singh also met French President Nicholas Sarkozy,
British PM Gordon Brown and his Canadian counterpart Stephen
Harper. A highlight of the visit was the conclusion of
negotiations on Civil Nuclear agreement with Canada.

In Port of Spain, where he attended a two-day meeting
of the Commonwealth leaders, the prime minister had pushed for
a "legally binding substantive outcome" at the Copenhagen
climate change meet next month.

Describing his tour as "very productive", Singh had
said in Washington: "I am confident that we cannot only
continue but also strengthen the momentum of our relations
built up in the last few years."

PTI

First Published: Monday, November 30, 2009 - 00:24
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