President Barack Obama calls for greater partnership between U.S. and India in a town hall speech that finishes a three-day visit to the country. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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U.S. President Barack Obama called for greater partnership between India and the U.S., and touched on women's rights, one of India's most sensitive topics, in a town hall speech on Tuesday (January 27) that wraps up a three-day visit to the country.
"I believe that if we're going to be true global partners then our two nations must do more around the world together. So to ensure national security and peace multi-lateral institutions created in the 20th century have to be updated for the 21st century. And that's why I support a reformed United Nations Security Council that includes India as a permanent member," he said.
Obama's visit has been widely seen as a bid to forge a relationship that will help balance China's rise by catapulting democratic India into the league of major world powers.
Praising the non-violence tenets of Mahatma Gandhi, Obama spoke about the treatment of women.
"When a girl goes to school it doesn't just open up her young mind, it benefits all of us because maybe someday she'll start her own business or invent new technology or cure a disease. And when women are able to work families are healthier, communities are wealthier and entire countries are more prosperous and when young women are educated then their children are going to be well-educated and have more opportunity," he said.
During the visit, the two sides sealed a clutch of deals to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and deepen defence ties, and Obama pledged $4 billion in investments and loans to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a partnership between the world's largest democracies.
Most significant was an agreement on issues that, despite a groundbreaking 2006 pact, had stopped U.S. companies from setting up nuclear reactors in India and had become one of the major irritants in bilateral relations.
Obama said the United States would stand first in line for the trade and investment opportunities that will spring from the economic reform drive under Modi.
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