"We are all looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Modi to Washington for a number of meetings," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told foreign correspondents at a news conference here.

 

Modi is scheduled to meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 29 and 30.

 

"This is a broad relationship we have with India in a whole host of areas. Certainly security; I'm sure we'll talk a lot about security issues. Environmental issues, energy issues, economic issues our relationship with India really is a very broad one where we talk about a whole range of topics," she said in response to a question.

 

United States, she said, wants India to have good relationships with all the countries in the region, including China.

 

"In a lot of these areas, we have overlapping interests. So we certainly are welcoming the Prime Minister to Washington, having a full agenda," she said.

 

Afghanistan, Harf said, is important to a lot of people but more so to the Indians. "I think that'll certainly be a topic of conversation," Harf said.

The discussion between Modi and Obama over two days in Washington is expected to result in taking the bilateral relationship to the next level in terms of defense and strategic ties, co-operation in the field of space and counter-terrorism and unleash the potential of economic and trade ties, sources familiar with the preparations had told.

 

On September 29, Obama is likely to host Modi for a small working dinner, which is rarely accorded to a visiting foreign leader.

 

The maiden meeting between the two leaders on September 29 would help Obama and Modi to know each other and prepare the ground for the next day's meeting at the White House.

 

Soon after his electoral victory, Obama had called Modi to congratulate him and invited him to visit Washington. Thereafter the two leaders have not spoken over phone, but there has been an exchange of letters between the two.

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