"I think Prime Minister Modi has got off to a splendid start on both the domestic and foreign policy fronts," Ashley J Tellis, senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said.

"There is much hard work which lies ahead-and involves difficult policy choices particularly in regards to economic management," Tellis, who as senior adviser to the Bush administration was intimately involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India, said.

The Obama administration is looking forward to working closely with Modi and a successful visit to Washington by the Indian Prime Minister in September this year, he said.

"There is a clear recognition here that India is one of our most important strategic partnerships and the administration is hoping to push boldly on expanding the envelope of cooperation," Tellis said.

Meanwhile, at the State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters on Thursday that US investment in India had been a key part of US discussions with India for a long time even before Modi took over.

"We certainly talk quite a bit about the economic relationship with India, whether it's investing in certain parts of its economy; whether it's increasing exports and imports and private sector trade," she said.

"That's certainly been a key part of our discussions with the Government of India, not just since Modi has been in office, but before that for a long time as well."

McCain joins chorus for Modi to address joint Congress session
Senior Republican Senator John McCain has joined the group of lawmakers urging Congressional leadership to invite the Indian Prime Minister to address a joint session of US Congress.
"When the Indian Prime Minister comes to Washington, I urge our Congressional leaders to invite him to address a joint session of Congress," McCain said in a major speech on India at the Senate on Thursday.
The Arizona Senator is travelling to India next week to meet Modi and his national security team.
Last week, two top American lawmakers had urged the Speaker of US House of Representatives John Boehner to invite Modi to address a joint session of US Congress.
Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Congressman George Holding in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, had requested that Modi be allowed to address a joint meeting of Congress.
"I can imagine no more compelling scene than the elected leader of the world's largest democracy addressing the elected representatives of the world's oldest democracy," McCain said.
"As we seek to take our strategic partnership with India to the next level, it is important for US leaders to reach out personally to Prime Minister Modi, especially in light of recent history.
That is largely why I am traveling to India next week.
And that is why I am pleased that President Obama invited the Prime Minister to visit Washington. I wish he had extended that invitation sooner, but it is positive nonetheless," he said.
In his speech, McCain said India and US have a shared interest in working together to end the scourge of extremism and terrorism that threatens stability, freedom, and prosperity across South Asia, and beyond.
"US President's current plan to disengage from Afghanistan is a step backward from this goal, and thus does not serve US-India strategic partnership," he said.
"For all of these reasons, and more, I hope the President will be open to re-evaluating, and revising, his withdrawal plan in light of conditions on the ground," McCain said.
If the 21st century is defined more by peace than war, more by prosperity than misery, and more by freedom than tyranny, I believe future historians will look back and point to the fact that a strategic partnership was consummated between the world's two preeminent democratic powers, India and United States, he added.
"If we keep this vision of our relationship always uppermost in our minds, there is no dispute we cannot resolve, no investment in each other's success we cannot make, and nothing we cannot accomplish together," the Republican Senator said.


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