India, US likely to agree on top priority areas: Jaitley

  • PTI, Davos
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 17:01 IST

India and the US should be able to reach consensus on areas that are of top priority for cooperation, finance minister Arun Jaitley said at the World Economic Forum in Davos days ahead of President Barack Obama's India visit.

Without specifically mentioning the areas, Jaitley said India and US share a mature relationship and there are many areas where they already agree with each other.

"There are also some areas where we may not come to a particular common view point but that is the maturity of our relationship that it will still survive despite those differences," said Jaitley.

"My view is that in areas that are on top priority for cooperation, we should be able to reach a conclusion," he added.

When asked if these areas would include climate change and nuclear issues, Jaitley said, "We have different approaches to climate change and therefore to have a common stand, it is for those involved in the negotiations to comment.

"India is doing its own bit on climate change. We are coming out with more programmes on renewable energy than any other country in the world."

To a question on whether there were problems in negotiations over nuclear matters, Jaitley said, "I am not privy to the talks at the moment and it will not be fair for me to comment on that".

Jaitley, who arrived in Davos on January 21 for a three-day visit to attend WEF meeting, said he certainly expects positive outcome from the Obama visit.

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