WASHINGTON: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday appealed for wide-ranging cooperation with the United States on areas such as climate change and defence, as he started a high-profile state visit.
President Barack Obama invited Singh on the first full-fledged state visit since he entered the White House in January, a sign of the rapidly warming ties between the world's two largest democracies.
Singh was due to head on Tuesday to the White House for the pomp of a state visit, including a red-carpet welcome on the South Lawn and a black-tie dinner that is one of Washington's most coveted invitations.
As US and Indian flags flew across Pennsylvania Avenue connecting the White House and the Capitol, Singh started his visit by meeting with business leaders - who he said were crucial to building the two countries' ties.
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Source: AFP (through Channel NewsAsia), "Indian PM pitches for growing US ties," November 24, 2009,http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1020116/1/.h...