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Bush visit: Economic ties to dominate

The US President will hold talks with PM on the entire gamut of bilateral ties besides international issues.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2006 13:23 IST

PresidentGeorge W Bush's historic visit to India on March 1 is likely to be dominated by talks about upgradation of economic bilateral relations and the nuclear deal.

"This visit is not about the nuclear deal. It is really about strengthening economic cooperation," official sources said on Wednesday.

Leading a high-power delegation, 59-year-old Bush, accompanied by First Lady Laura Bush, will arrive in New Delhi late on March 1.

He will meet President APJ Abdul Kalam the next day and hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the entire gamut of bilateral ties besides exchanging views on key international issues.

During Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington in July last year, the two leaders had declared their resolve to transform the relationship between the two countries and establish a global partnership.

This will be taken forward during the parleys in New Delhi with both sides keen to further consolidate the new relationship to promote stability, democracy, prosperity and peace throughout the world.

While Bush's programme is being fine-tuned, he is expected to visit Hyderabad on March 3 and go to the Knowledge Park and address the Agriculture University.

First Published: Feb 15, 2006 10:59 IST