India attaches great importance to Obama's visit: Prithviraj Chavan

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 03, 2010 15:10 hrs

The Government said on Wednesday that it attaches great significance to the visit of the United States President Barack Obama to India commencing from Saturday.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan told reporters today that the relations between New Delhi and Washington are growing very well.

The United States and India, two of the largest democracies share same values and therefore, there is natural affinity between them, he added.

He informed that the cooperation between the two countries whether it was nuclear energy or science and technology or trade which was initiated in 2005 have been progressing.

A number of agreements are expected to be signed during the visit including one on Science and Technology, said Chavan.

On the issue of civil nuclear energy cooperation, Chavan said there is nothing left at the inter-governmental level and it is now negotiations at the commercial level.

He said that the civil liability law and the Indo-US agreement is on track and whatever India committed has been fulfilled and India wants cooperation this areas to grow.

The US President, who will be arriving in Mumbai on Saturday for a three day State visit, will hold talks with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on Monday and address a joint-session of Parliament on Monday evening. (ANI)