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Obama-Modi bilateral meeting: On the table, terrorism, UN reforms

Modi reiterated to President Obama that terrorism was a global phenomenon and that the time had come for the UN to adopt the comprehensive convention on countering terrorism.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama in New York. (Source: PTI)

Apart from climate change, the much-awaited meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama on Monday touched upon a host of other subjects, including terrorism.

Making a reference to his weekend visit to Silicon Valley, Modi said the two countries were bound by technology, enterprise and innovation, and described the economic partnership as a key driver of the relationship and said the two countries would continue to work towards a stronger bilateral framework of economic cooperation, including the Bilateral Investment Treaty and Totalisation Agreement

“There was a broad acknowledgement of the progress made in bilateral relations” since the meeting in January of the two leaders, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said of the one-hour discussion in the UN building after the US President’s address to the General Assembly.

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To a question on whether Pakistan figured in the discussion, the Swarup said “Pakistan came up in the discussion with one of the three leaders” with whom Modi had bilateral meetings “in the context of terrorism”.

Apart from Obama, Modi also met French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Modi reiterated to President Obama that terrorism was a global phenomenon and that the time had come for the UN to adopt the comprehensive convention on countering terrorism, which has been held up because of the disagreement on how to define terrorism.

India also asked for an early decision on its application for membership to export control regimes, emphasising its clean record on proliferation.

There was also a discussion on UN Security Council reforms. Modi told Obama that India and the other G4 countries (Japan, Brazil and Germany) spearheading the push for the expansion of the Security Council wanted a time-bound outcome.

Indian officials said the meetings took place in a very positive atmosphere, “with both leaders on first-name terms”.

In his meeting with the British Prime Minister, Modi asked the UK to partner in the Make in India initiative, especially in the defence manufacturing sector, where the cap on FDI has been raised to 49 per cent.

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With Hollande, the discussions also focused on the finalisation of a bilateral investment treaty.