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Can't impose solution for Kashmir: Obama

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President today said relationship between their two countries would "define" the world in the 21st century.

delhi Updated: Nov 08, 2010 16:59 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama on Monday said relationship between their two countries would "define" the world in the 21st century.

Singh welcomed President Obama to his country, calling the American president a personal friend and "great charismatic leader."

Obama also said he hopes that India and Pakistan over the next few months can "find mechanisms" to work out differences over Kashmir.

Singh announced that India will create new centers to deal with nuclear security and disease prevention, and Obama reiterated moves by the United States to ease export controls affecting trade between the world's two largest democracies.

On Kashmir, Obama said the United States "cannot impose a solution." But he said he has offered to help the two countries work out the problem, saying he believes both "have an interest in reducing tensions."

Calling the Kashmir row a "long-standing dispute between India and Pakistan", Obama said that it was in the interest of both New Delhi and Islamabad to reduce tensions between them.

"The US cannot (provide) a solution to this problem," he said, adding he had indicated to Manmohan Singh that "we are happy to play any role ... that is appropriate to reduce their tensions".

Singh said Obama and his wife, Michelle, have made an abiding impression on the Indian people with their warmth, grace and commitment to promoting relations between the two democracies. The two leaders are holding a joint press conference after holding one-to-one talks.
Here are key points from the press conference.

PM Manmohan Singh

US, India have decided to work as equal partners.

US to lift curbs on high-tech exports

Had extended discussion on Pakistan, Afghanistan

US, India to extend cooperation in defence, space, other high-end fields.

US, India partnership based on common vision, values

Protectionism is detrimental for the economies of both our countries

We are not afraid of talks with Pakistan. You cannot be talking at the same time and simultaneously the terror machine
is active as ever before.

US President Barack Obama

Thrilled to be in India

Ours (Indo-US is not an ordinary relationship)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a man of extraordinary intellect

We (India, US) agreed on the need for all nations in the region to take steps to ensure that there are no safe havens for