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Fri, 09 Nov 2012 - 18:08:19
Source: PTI, Posted by: Staff Correspondent

New Delhi: Keen to give further momentum to bilateral ties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has invited U.S. President Barack Obama to visit India again.

The invitation was extended during a telephonic call Dr. Singh made to Mr. Obama on Thursday to congratulate him on his re-election.

During his first term, Mr. Obama undertook a visit here in November 2010 when he announced support for Indiaís bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

The two countries had also agreed on a number of new initiatives, including cooperation in internal security, removal of Indian companies from the US sanctionsí list and setting up of a research centre in India in civil nuclear field.

The two countries signed deals worth $10 billion.

Dr. Singh and Mr. Obama, who met several times over the last four years at various places in the world, would have an opportunity to have a meeting in Phnom Penh on the sidelines of ASEAN Summit on November 19.

In the course of the telephonic interaction last evening, -both leaders expressed their intention of seeing each other soon-, a PMO statement said.

The Prime Minister told Mr. Obama that his re-election had given the opportunity to the two countries to carry forward and build on the -enormous successes- achieved in bilateral ties in the last few years.

While thanking Dr. Singh, Mr. Obama described him as -a wonderful partner- whose leadership at the world stage he appreciated and said he looked forward to working together.

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