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Once banned from US, Modi meets Obama at White House

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 01:15

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama discussed clean energy, trade and security issues during Modi's first visit to the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Manufacturing and efforts to support clean energy dominated talks between President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (September 30). Obama noted that the U.S. and India are two of the world's largest democracies adding, "We have so much in common, it is important for us to continue to deepen and broaded the existing framework of partnership and friendship that already exists." This is Modi's first to the United States since taking office in May. The meeting in the Oval Office, which came on the heels of a White House dinner and New York meetings with power players including Bill and Hillary Clinton and chief executive officers from Boeing and GE. It is something of a reversal of fortune for the 64-year-old politician who nearly a decade earlier, was banned from coming to the U.S. In 2005, Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat was denied a U.S. visa over rioting in his home state that killed more than 1,000 people, mainly Muslims, three years before. Modi, who denies wrongdoing, has been exonerated by an Indian Supreme Court probe. During the meeting, Modi told reporters he sought Obama's support for continuing to create access to Indian service companies. In addition to trade issues, the two leaders also discussed efforts to promote clean energy. Security issues were also touched on including efforts to fights ISIL as well as regional security with Afghanistan and Pakistan. On Tuesday, Modi scheduled to meet with other U.S. leaders, including Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner. Modi is also scheduled to visit a number of memorials in Washington devoted to former Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, President Abraham Lincoln and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Once banned from US, Modi meets Obama at White House

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 01:15