Singh was the first state guest for whom Obama had hosted a banquet as president in 2009 and the enthusiasm was apparent; and when he visited India in December 2010, Obama became the first US president to visit India in his first term. This time, when both meet, the meeting would be far more businesslike.
A senior official accompanying the prime minister obliquely admitted the changed tone of Indo-US relations while dismissing suggestions that the US is “disappointed” over the slow progress of the first commercial contract that followed the Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation agreement.
“There is nothing like exhilaration or disappointment in a negotiation. Negotiations are about aligning interests. India needs cheap, safe and clean power; the US needs business. So we are working on how we achieve this,” he said.
India and US are looking at statements of intents in various sectors—defence, trade, climate change, investment—to keep the momentum in the ties.
On 27th, Singh will leave for New York, where he will meet Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif and Bangladesh Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, two neighbors with whom India has outstanding issues. Singh will have a bilateral meeting with Nepali leaders too.