Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US president Barack Obama announced Sunday they have reached an agreement to break the deadlock that has been stalling a civilian nuclear power pact for six years. The 2008 accord between the two countries was held up by US concerns over India’s laws on liability in the event of a an nuclear accident. "I am pleased that six years after we signed our bilateral agreement, we are moving towards commercial cooperation, consistent with our laws [and] international legal obligations," Modi said at a joint press conference with Obama in the Indian capital New Delhi.
He broke protocol to receive welcome the US president and the First Lady Michelle Obama at the tarmac when they arrived early Sunday. Both the leaders shook hands and hugged each other warmly.
Obama will be the first US President to grace the Indian Republic Day parade as the Chief Guest Monday.
He will hold extensive talks with Modi on a number of strategic issues before leaving for Saudi Arabia Tuesday.