US Senator John McCain meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi; discuss situation in Iraq

New Delhi, 3 July-2014(PTI): The US has high level of expectations about a new momentum of India’s economic growth under the new government, a senior American Senator today told Prime Minister Narendra Modi who expressed desire to take the relationship to a new level.

US Senator John McCain meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi; discuss situation in Iraq

US Senator John McCain meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi; discuss situation in Iraq

Senator John McCain who met Modi here conveyed the keen desire in the US to work with him to revitalise the India-US strategic partnership. Modi said he hoped for forward looking visit to the US in September this year to take the relationship to a new level. “Prime Minister conveyed his desire to further deepen and expand the strategic partnership, based on our shared values and interests, sensitivity to each other’s concerns and tangible progress across the full spectrum of bilateral relations,” said a statement by the PMO.

Modi added that the success of democratic countries and their cooperation will advance peace, stability and prosperity in the world. Both also discussed the situation in Iraq and Afghanistan. “The Prime Minister expressed concern over the increased threat of terrorism across the world, and reiterated that the fight against terror should be a global priority for humanitarian forces,” the statement added.

US spying row overshadows John McCain’s trip to India

A visit to India by US Senator John McCain on Wednesday was overshadowed by a row over reports that the National Security Agency was authorised to spy on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party in 2010. McCain cancelled a news conference due to be held outside India’s foreign ministry after India summoned a senior US diplomat to the ministry over the spying report. US and Indian officials gave differing explanations for the cancellation, but said it was not linked to the row. India sought an assurance that any such surveillance would not recur. “We expect a response to be provided to us, and if these (reports) are true, an assurance that this will not happen in the future,” a senior Indian official told Reuters. Indo-US relations have been delicate for months, following a major spat over the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was arrested in New York in December, an incident that was widely blamed for the resignation of the US ambassador to New Delhi. Read more

All eyes on defence deals, Western powers rush to court India’s Narendra Modi

Western governments are rushing to visit India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi, drawn by the prospect of multi-billion-dollar deals as the government prepares to open the nascent defence industry to foreign investment. Senior politicians from France, the United States and Britain arrive over the next few weeks as Modi prepares to accelerate the modernisation of the country’s mostly Soviet-era weaponry. Modi intends to build up India’s military capabilities and gradually turn the world’s largest arms importer into a heavyweight manufacturer- a goal that has eluded every prime minister since independence in 1947. On the table is a proposal circulated within the new government to raise caps on foreign investment – with one option to allow complete foreign ownership of some defence projects.