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Tight schedule for Obama couple during India visit

US President Barack Obama will have a tight schedule during his three-day visit starting January 25, as he will hold talks with top leadership here on ways to make progress on key issues like defence and civil nuclear agreement and attend the Republic Day celebrations as the Chief Guest, among other engagements.

Obama, who will be the first US President to be the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade, will be accompanied by his wife Michelle Obama and a team of senior officials in his administration.

On first day of his visit, the American President and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold comprehensive talks on the entire gamut of bilateral ties and discuss ways to enhance cooperation in key components, including civil nuclear and defence pacts. The two sides have already decided to renew for 10 years during a Summit meeting in September in Washington a defence pact to start joint development and production of military hardware.

The visit is also expected to give fillip to the seven- year-old civil nuclear deal as the cooperation in the sector has been stalled over the tough provisions in the Civil Nuclear Liability Act here.
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