Adding zing to the bonhomie between the two nations, Modi said, “I am looking forward to my visit to the United States not just as an occasion to think in terms of what we can do for each other, but also as an opportunity to see how the world's oldest democracy and the world's largest democracy can build a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity in the world.”

Modi also welcomed the sustained high-level engagement by the United States with the new Government.

Meanwhile Modi also expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in Iraq and its potential implications for the region, where India has vital stakes. In reply Secretary Hagel briefed Modi on the announcements by President Obama on the steps that United States plans to take to deal with the situation in Iraq.

Talking of electoral situation of Afghanistan, Modi also noted that an early completion of the election process in the country has helped the people of Afghanistan to build in confidence, which has smoothened transition of power essential for sustaining progress towards peace, stability, democracy and development in Afghanistan.

Both Modi and Secretary Hagel also discussed their shared interest in peace and stability in wider Asia Pacific region.

Modi further underlined the importance of defence relations in the overall strategic partnership between the two countries and indicated his desire to see further progress in defence relations, including defence manufacturing in India, technology transfer, exercises and higher studies in the field of defence.

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