WASHINGTON, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh is due to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama
at the White House on Sept. 27, the White House said on Tuesday.
Singh has come under fire in India for quietly trying to
restart peace talks with arch-rival Pakistan. Pakistan's Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif has called for better relations with India
after weeks of mounting tensions along the border the two
countries share in mountainous Kashmir.
India is under pressure from the United States to ratchet
down tensions with Pakistan to stabilize the region as foreign
forces prepare to withdraw from Afghanistan.
Both U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State
John Kerry have visited New Delhi recently to discuss
Afghanistan, where India and Pakistan are vying for influence.
U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice announced plans
for the meeting between Singh and Obama after discussions with
her Indian counterpart, Shivshankar Menon.
"The two exchanged ideas on enhancing our security
cooperation, reviewed progress on our civil nuclear and clean
energy cooperation, and explored greater collaboration on
climate change," NSC spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a
statement. "Ambassador Rice and NSA Menon also discussed
India's continued support for a stable, secure, and prosperous
Obama visited India in 2010 and Singh was at the White House
(Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Eric Walsh)