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Important Takeaways from Obama Visit
Feb 02, 2015

US President Barack Obama's India visit was one of the most substantive engagements between the two countries. The US President backed India to play a bigger role on global issues as he reiterated support to India's candidature for a permanent membership of UN Security Council. The following are most important takeaways:

  1. Nuclear Deal: The end of the nuclear logjam was a big takeaway because it was alone acting as an impediment in deepening strategic ties. India didn't give in to any intrusive monitoring of its nuclear facilities and supplies and removed the liability hurdle through an insurance pool without diluting its liability law. It remains to be seen though if a nuclear accident victim retains the right to sue suppliers as envisaged in the law. But with the governments out of the way, it is over to businesses to do a cost-benefit analysis for building nuclear reactors in India.

  2. Defence Ties: India and the US renewed their broad 10-year defence framework, with the Defence Trade and Technology Initiative (DTTI) being the key new element. Under it, the two have chosen four relatively modest military products—Raven mini-UAVs, aircraft reconnaissance modules, mobile electric power sources & soldier protective gear—for co-development and production. India and USA have also agreed to set up two working groups to explore development of aircraft carrier technologies and jet engines, which are more high-end.

  3. Asia-Pacific Vision: India and USA issued a joint strategic vision for Asia Pacific and Indian Ocean in what may be one of the most significant foreign policy statements by the Modi government. Coupled with last year's Modi-Obama joint statement, it shows that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not averse to an eventual amalgamation of India's Act East and US' Asia pivot.

  4. Best partners: The decision to elevate the strategic partnership with a Declaration of Friendship strengthens and expands the relationship between India and the USA. Among other things, it also envisages regular summit meets. Signaling the natural affinity enjoyed by the two nations, this declaration proclaims a higher level of trust and coordination that will continue to draw the two nations and people together across the spectrum of human endeavour for a better world.

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