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Once banned from U.S., Modi embraced by Washington elite

4:19am IST - 01:47

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's tour de force visit to the U.S. included a White House meeting with President Obama and top lawmakers. Deborah Gembara reports.

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A reversal of fortune for the man once banned from visiting the U.S.. Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi on Tuesday was welcomed at the White House where the talk focused on cooperation and shared values. SOUNDBITE: President Obama saying: "As two of the world's largest democracies...We have so much in common, it is important for us to continue to deepen and broadened the existing framework of partnership and friendship that already exists." Obama and Modi discussed everything from security to clean energy and trade. SOUNDBITE: Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi saying (Hindi): "I also sought President Obama's support for continued openness and ease of access for Indian service companies in the U.S. market." The two leaders also took in Washington sites including the Martin Luther King memorial. The warm welcome by Washington's power players (pics of Modi with congress) comes nearly a decade after Modi was banned from visiting the United States. The State department in 2005 denied Modi a visa, citing his failure to do more to stop deadly riots against Muslims in his home state. With the exception of this protest by Sikhs outside the White House, the controversy appears to have been largely forgotten. Modi, has denied any wrong-doing in the riots, choosing in recent years to stress his pro-business policies.

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Once banned from U.S., Modi embraced by Washington elite

4:19am IST - 01:47

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