Modi, Obama to talk climate, nuclear deal

  • Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 00:29 IST

Many of the contentious issues between India and United States, including an agreement on climate change, civil-nuclear deal and defence procurement, are likely to be finalised at one-on-one meeting between US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the officials have failed to resolve the “sticky” points.

These issues would be discussed on the first day of President Obama’s visit on January 25 during a meal meeting between the two leaders.

The venue of the meeting has not been finalised and may take place at Hyderabad House or PM Modi’s residence at Race Course Road. Officials sources described the proposed meeting as highly speculative.

Sources confirmed that a firm deal on climate change — that would bring carbon emitters on board for the Paris climate summit — was “still some distance away” and that a breakthrough could be achieved at the meeting. “The meeting will present a seminal moment in bilateral ties and will set a different tone for reinvigorating the partnership. It will set the path for deliverables in the remaining two years of Obama’s presidency,” a diplomatic source said. “A slew of contentious issues are on the table for the two leaders to resolve,” an official source said.

During Obama’s three day visit, he will be protected around the clock by 2,000 US security personnel. PM Modi has been given the code name Lotus — in keeping with the President of the US (POTUS) abbreviation — by the US security personnel.

Sources said Obama is expected to speak about the contribution of the Indian diaspora in US and about unity in diversity in the two nations at his address at Sirifort Auditorium on January 27. He is also expected to underline the importance of good India-US relations for a “strong” modern world to fight terror.

Unlike the previous Obama visit in 2010, there will be no solo event of Michelle Obama. Their children will not attend the event owing to their school schedules.

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