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India, US call for augmenting capacity of the United Nations

Washington D.C., June 8 : Holding discussions on a wide range issues during a bilateral meeting here, India and the United States on Tuesday called for augmenting the capacity of the United Nations, so that it can effectively address global development and security challenges.

In a joint statement issued after the third major bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, the two leaders reaffirmed their support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member.

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India to open new consulate in Seattle

Washington D. C., June 8 : With an aim to strengthen people-to-people ties between the two nations, India will be opening a new consulate in Seattle and the United States will open a new consulate at a mutually agreed location in India.

In a joint statement issued after the third major bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, both leaders announced that the United States and India will be Travel and Tourism Partner Countries for 2017, and committed to facilitate visas for each other's nationals.

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'U.S.-India defence relationship can be an anchor of stability'

Washington D. C., June 7 : Noting that the U. S.-India defence relationship can be an anchor of stability, and given the increasingly strengthened cooperation in defence, the United States recognises India as a 'Major Defence Partner'.

The joint statement issued after the third major bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, said under the arrangement, the U. S. will continue to work toward facilitating technology sharing with India to a level commensurate with that of its closest allies and partners.

The two leaders reached an understanding under which India would receive licence-free access to a wide range of dual-use technologies in conjunction with steps that India has committed to take to advance its export control objectives.

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India, US reaffirm their commitment to open, interoperable, secure, reliable Internet

Washington D. C., June 7 : Emphasising that cyberspace enables economic growth and development, India and the United States on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet, underpinned by the multistakeholder model of Internet governance.

In a joint statement issued after the third major bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, the two leaders committed to deepen cooperation on cybersecurity and welcomed the understanding reached to finalise the framework for the U. S.-India Cyber Relationship in the near term.

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India, US vow to promote 'full implementation' of Paris Agreement

Washington D. C., June 7 : India and United States on Tuesday vowed to work together and with others to promote full implementation of the Paris Agreement and address the urgent threats posed by climate change.

"Leadership from both countries helped galvanize global action to combat climate change and culminated in the historic Paris Agreement reached last December. Both countries are committed to working together and with others to promote full implementation of the Paris Agreement to address the urgent threats posed by climate change," said a joint statement issued after the bilateral meeting held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U. S. president Barack Obama.

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India, US ask Pak to bring perpetrators of Mumbai, Pathankot attacks to justice

Washington D. C., June 7 : India and the United States have called for Pakistan to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai and the 2016 Pathankot terrorist attacks to justice.

Acknowledging the continued threat posed to human civilisation by terrorism and condemning the recent terrorist incidents from Paris to Pathankot, from Brussels to Kabul, India and the United States resolved to redouble their efforts, bilaterally and with other like-minded countries, to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism anywhere in the world and the infrastructure that supports them.

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PM Modi thanks Prez Obama for returning over 200 stolen cultural objects

Washington D. C., June 7 : Expressing his gratitude to the Government of the United States for returning more than 200 stolen cultural objects back to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said he is grateful to President Barack Obama for returning to India these treasures, which join Indians to their past.

"I am grateful to President Obama for returning to us these treasures, which join us to our past. This will evoke great respect among the people of India," said the Prime Minister while attending a ceremony for returning of idols with U. S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

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PM Modi lays wreath at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington

Washington D. C., June 6 : Starting his first engagement during his two-day bilateral visit to the U. S., Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid wreath at the 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier' at the Arlington National Cemetery.

The visiting Prime Minister was received by U. S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter.

"PM @narendramodi at Arlington Cemetery. Secretary of Defence Carter receives him," tweeted Prime Minister's Office.

"Honouring sacrifice, saluting valour. Formal engagements begin with a solemn ceremony at @ArlingtonNatl, " tweeted Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson, Vikas Swarup.

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Jaish ban: India, US will work together even if China doesn't come on board, says Expert

Washington D. C. June 6 : With China already blocking India's bid at the United Nations to get Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar, the mastermind of the Pathankot terror attack, banned, an Indian research Fellow at Brookings Institution said that New Delhi and Washington would work together to tackle the issue even if they don't get China on board.

"We saw the Home Ministry (India) sign with its US counterpart recently to share such information about intelligence and I think you will see India and US working together to tackle the issue of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM)'s and Lashkar-e-Taiba even if they might not get China to come on board," said Tanvi Madan, Fellow at Brookings Institution and Director, the India Project.

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PM Modi interacts with crowd, accepts greetings after landing in U.S.

Washington D. C., June 6 : A boisterous crowd welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived at Joint Base Andrews (JBA) here Monday afternoon on a bilateral visit at the invitation of President Barack Obama.

The Prime Minister came out of the aircraft waving his hand at the crowd chanting 'Modi-Modi'.

At the JBA, Prime Minister Modi was welcomed by U. S. Deputy Chief of Protocol Natalie Jones, Indian Ambassador to the U. S. Arun Kumar Sinha and U. S. Ambassador to India Richard Rahul Verma among others.

Before departing for Blair House, the U. S. President's Guest House, the Prime Minister interacted and accepted greetings from the crowd waiting outside the fence.

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Barack Obama condemns violence at Trump's California rally

Washington: US President Barack Obama has condemned the violence at a California rally of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, saying "that is not what our democracy is about".

"It is very important for us to remind ourselves of who we are and what is best about American democracy and not slip into some of the bad habits that currently manifest themselves in the other party," Obama said at a fundraiser in Florida.

"We saw in San Jose these protesters starting to pelt stuff on Trump supporters. That is not what our democracy is about. That is not what you do. There is no room for violence.

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Want PM Modi's visit here to be successful: U.S.

Washington D.C., June. 1 : The United States has said that it is looking forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country next week and asserted that they wanted it to be a successful visit in all aspects.

"We look forward to the Prime Minister's visit and we want it to be successful," State Department Spokesman John Kirby said in a press briefing here.

He further said that when U.S. held talks with Indian officials, the topics ranged from regional to global issues and were not only limited to discussions about the two nations.

"There's no question that in routine meetings, bilateral meetings, with Indian officials we talk about all manner of regional, even global issues. They're not just about issues between the United States and India," Kirby added.

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Obama calls on nation to remember US war dead

Washington, May 31 : US President Barack Obama on Monday visited Arlington National Cemetery, as is traditional on Memorial Day, to pay tribute to the country's war dead, whom he said represent "the best" the nation has to offer.

Memorial Day, since the end of the Vietnam War, has served to recall the problems confronting veterans upon their return home and those of the families who lose loved ones in combat, EFE news reported.

The solemn ceremony at Arlington, where thousands of those who served and died in US wars are interred, began with Obama placing a floral offering at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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Obama considers lifting arms embargo against Vietnam

Washington, May 20 : US President Barack Obama confirmed considering either partially or fully lifting an embargo on arms sales to Vietnam that has been in place for the last three decades.

Obama said on Thursday that he will discuss the issue with Vietnamese authorities when he visits the country next week, EFE news reported.

"We'll discuss this at meetings of the president (in Vietnam), it's something we've been evaluating as we prepare for the visit," said Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Obama, in a press conference.

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Look forward to continuing work with PM Modi: U.S.

Washington D. C., May 18 : Ahead of his key address at a joint meeting of the U. S. Congress nect month, the Barack Obama government has asserted that it is looking forward to continue to work with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on all fronts to strengthen ties between two nations.

Talking about the Prime Minister's upcoming visit to the U. S. on June 8th, state department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing, that the ties between the two nations represented a 'special relationship'.

"It's one that we're very committed to, and we look forward to continuing to work with Prime Minister Modi on all the different areas in which the United States and India will and must work together," Kirby said.

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