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Obama Welcomes Modi to U.S.


President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

President Barack Obama recently welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House.

President Barack Obama recently welcomed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House. "As leaders of two great democratic nations with diverse traditions and faiths," said the White House in a statement, "we share a vision for a partnership in which the United States and India work together, not just for the benefit of both our nations, but for the benefit of the world."

India and the United States have different histories, but both countries' founders sought to guarantee freedoms that allow citizens to determine their own destiny and pursue their personal aspirations. The U.S.-India strategic partnership rests on a shared mission to provide equal opportunity to people through democracy and freedom.

The U.S. and India have many points of contact including trade, scholarship, and science.

With regard to the strategic relationship, it is a joint endeavor for prosperity and peace. Together, the White House said, the U.S. and India "will combat terrorist threats and keep our homelands and citizens safe from attacks, while we respond expeditiously to humanitarian disasters and crises." Both nations are committed to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

The U.S. supports an open and inclusive rules-based global order in which India assumes greater multilateral responsibility, including a reformed United Nations Security Council.

Climate change remains a concern to the U.S. and India. Both countries will undertake efforts to mitigate its impact and address unchecked pollution.

Economic growth is important for both India and the U.S. for its role in providing better livelihoods and welfare for citizens of both countries. Education is also a means to a better life, and the U.S. is committed to the exchange of skills and knowledge with India.

The United States and India seek a reliable and enduring friendship that bolsters security and stability, contributes to the global economy, and advances peace and prosperity for its citizens and throughout the world.

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