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Last Modi-Obama meet before US prez leaves office

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet President Barack Obama in Hangzhou, China

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 10 2016 10:56AM | Updated Date: Aug 10 2016 6:21PM

Last Modi-Obama meet before US prez leaves office

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to meet the President of United States Barack Obama in Hangzhou, China on the sidelines of the G20 summit. Their meet on September 4-5 will probably be the last before the US president leaves office early next year. 

 

The meet will follow the next edition of the Indo-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue in Delhi on August 30-31. During the dialogue, the two sides are expected to sign a key cyber relationship document that had been agreed during Modi's trip to Washington in June. 

 

PM Modi is not travelling to New York for this year's United Nations General Assembly meeting. He will most probably be in Laos for over 24 hours during the September 7-8. PM will participate in East Asia and India-Asean summits.

 

While it is difficult to meet both parties on the occasion of UN meeting, the two sides are therefore trying to organize a meeting in China to review measures of bilateral ties which were revitalized in mid-2014.

 

Obama and Modi would also discuss geopolitics and the geo-economic situation amid China's posture in the South China Sea and elsewhere. 

 

Besides travelling to the US four times since becoming Prime Minister and hosting Obama for India's Republic Day celebrations in 2015, the two have met a number of times on the sidelines of various multilateral events.

 

The two leaders have built up a strong rapport in the past two years. The US has declared India a major defence partner and taken measures against Pakistan, including stopping the sale of F-16 fighter jets to it.