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PM to visit US, dates to be decided

Manmohan Singh has accepted an invitation from US President George W Bush for a bilateral visit to that country but no dates have been decided so far.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2007 18:51 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accepted an invitation from US President George W Bush for a bilateral visit to that country but no dates have been decided so far.

"The Prime Minister has accepted the invitation (from Bush). However, the dates are yet to be fixed," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said when asked about reports that Singh had declined Bush's invitation.

Bush has invited Singh for a bilateral visit during which talks would be held at the President's private ranch in Texas.

The Prime Minister is unlikely to travel abroad till September 10 because of the Monsoon session of Parliament and his visit to the US is expected in the third week of next month.

The visit may be combined with the UN General Assembly session in New York next month, which the Prime Minister will be attending after skipping last year.

Singh had skipped the UN session last year as he went to Havana to attend the NAM Summit. In his absence, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee represented India at the meet.

With the talks on civil nuclear deal concluded, Singh and Bush are expected to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in other fields, including defence, agriculture and science and technology.