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Obama Hosts Indian Prime Minister in First State Visit བོད་སྐད།


U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the White House Tuesday, during the first state visit of his presidency.

There will be a ceremonial welcome and a state dinner in honor of Mr. Singh, but the White House has made it clear the leaders will pair the celebrations with serious discussions on counterterrorism, climate change and the economy.

Mr. Singh arrived in Washington Sunday for his four-day state visit to the United States. He told a gathering of business leaders Monday that India and the United States plan to sign a memorandum of understanding on energy security, clean energy and climate change.

Mr. Singh also said the two countries are finalizing details that will make their civilian nuclear cooperation agreement "fully operational."

The U.S.-India civilian nuclear agreement was signed into law by former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2008. It ended a 30-year ban on sales of nuclear fuel and technology to India as long as New Delhi opened up its civilian nuclear facilities to international inspections.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss concerns voiced in New Delhi that the war in Afghanistan could further destabilize India's neighbor, Pakistan.

Mr. Singh says he will call on the Obama administration to pressure Pakistan to do more to control Islamic extremists.

After visiting Washington, Mr. Singh will travel to Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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