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Joe Biden in India, will focus on trade, security

As US vice-president Joe Biden landed in the capital on Monday evening for his four-day visit to India, the ministry of external affairs sources said that issues of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and bilateral investments would be on priority during discussions, among other matters.

The visit is designed to revive momentum in flagging diplomatic ties between the two countries and fire up bilateral trade.

Biden, the first vice-president to visit India in three decades, will meet senior leaders including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi before heading to the financial hub Mumbai on Wednesday.
MEA officials here have said they will discuss with Biden issue of India’s entry into NSG. India has been aiming to enter the group for long.

However, some states are sceptical of India’s inclusion in the influential 48-nation body regulating sensitive atomic trade.

India would also urge the US to increase their investments to India during this visit. Finance minister P Chidambaram and commerce minister Anand Sharma were both in Washington last week to pitch for greater investment and discuss India’s readiness to open talks on a bilateral investment treaty. On Wednesday, Biden is set to fly to Mumbai where he is expected to hold a round table with business leaders.
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