Prime Minister Singh's Visit to U.S. Highlights Busy Week for India
President Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met today in Washington. Via TheHindu.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit with President Obama today resulted in a reaffirmation of the administration’s commitment to the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreement. The deal is still controversial, as India operates outside of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Under the deal, India agreed to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, allowing international scrutiny for the bulk of its power stations to ensure non-proliferation. Obama ended the morning portion of the visit by stating that he plans to visit India next year.
In a setback to India’s defense scientists, the test firing of 2,000-km range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni II off the coast of the eastern state of Orissa has resulted in a failure. There were no troubles with the missile launch and first-stage separation; however, problems developed ahead of the separation of the second stage and the missile then went off-course.
India is also considering purchasing the U.S.-made Patriot Advanced Capability 3 air-defense technology, a land-based system that was created to shoot down aircraft and ballistic and cruise missiles. are to take place in 2010, with demonstrations to follow.