Crawford, June 4:
Terrorism, defence and trade issues will dominate talks on July 18 at the White House between US President George W Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. â€œThe visit marks the next stage in the expanding and deepening US-India relationship, building on the recent high-level exchanges and initiatives between the two governments,â€ White House press secretary Scott McClellan said yesterday in Crawford, Texas. The Bush administration has offered New Delhi an upgraded version of the F-16 fighter jets and is looking into setting up nuclear power plants to meet Indiaâ€™s growing energy needs. India has not decided whether to accept the F-16 offer. â€œIndia and the United States are jointly engaged in the process of widening and deepening their multifaceted cooperative relationship,â€ Indian foreign ministry spokes-man Navtej Sarna said yesterday in a statement. â€œThe forthcoming visit of the prime minister to the USA will take this process further based on a shared vision of the leaders of the two democracies.â€ However, closer ties with the United States could face opposition from communist parties that are providing key support to Singhâ€™s coalition government.