Bush to visit South Asia in February
Any trip to the region is also expected to include a visit to Pakistan, India's neighbour and rival. Both are important US allies.world Updated: Jan 04, 2006 12:50 IST
President George W Bush is expected to visit South Asia in mid-February, officials said on Tuesday. Bush is scheduled to travel to India, according to White House officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the trip had yet to be announced.
Any trip to the region is also expected to include a visit to Pakistan, India's neighbour and rival. Both are important US allies.
Pakistan and India have fought three wars since gaining independence from Britain in 1947. Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, Pakistan has aligned itself with America, supporting the US-led war that ousted the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.
After decades of friction, India-US relations have recently improved. During a July trip to the United States, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh invited Bush to visit India.
The two leaders also signed a landmark civil nuclear cooperation deal, which must be approved by the U.S. Congress before it can be enacted.
First Published: Jan 04, 2006 12:50 IST