‘India to put in place robust framework after Obama visit’

‘India to put in place robust framework after Obama visit’

Washington: India hopes to put in place a robust strategic framework with the US after the maiden visit of President Barack Obama to the country next month.

Sources said that the objective of New Delhi from this visit is to “consolidate the progress achieved" so far and to put in place a “robust strategic framework" that would herald a strong India-US partnership bilaterally and on key global and regional issues.

The official refrained from giving details of the deliverables during the Obama visit, but indicated that this could include an India-specific exemption from import-export restriction that would include lifting of sanctions from Indian entities like the ISRO announcing major arms sales deal with American companies which could be to the tune of $4 to $5 billion. This would include C-17s.

There is also possibility of a major agreement in the civil aviation sector.

In recent years, India has been one of the major buyers of the American aviation industry, in particular the Boeing company.

“There is a rich agenda before the two governments," the Indian diplomat said adding that this includes the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.

Even though the US has expressed its reservations about the recently passed Nuclear Liability Bill by the Parliament, the diplomat ruled out making any changes in the legislation.

However the official said talks are going on right now with the US companies on how to proceed ahead under the current legal framework.

There could also be a few major announcements in the energy, agriculture and health sector during the trip.