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John Kerry in India for Nuke Talks, Weeks Ahead of Bush

by Pamela Leavey

Weeks ahead of Bush’s scheduled visit to India, John Kerry met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss “the ongoing bilateral talks on civilian nuclear cooperation among various facets of bilateral relations.”

The two leaders are also believed to have shared views on various regional and international issues of mutual concern, official sources said.

The regional issues included those related to Pakistan, Afganistan, Nepal and Iran, they said.

(AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)
(John Kerry talks to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh)

Kerry’s visit, “assumes significance as it takes place as the Bush Administration is preparing to approach the American Congress for ratification of the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s Washington visit” in July of last year.

Outlook India reports that “Kerry has been a votary of stronger Indo-US relations” and during his 2004 Presidential campaign he “had emphasised the need for making “genuine improvement” in Next Step in Strategic Partnership (NSSP) besides the whole range of economic and technological issues.”

Kerry’s visit to India is considered to be “a positive pointer to the Indo-US nuclear deal.”

It is believed that in spite of opposition and unanswered questions vis-à-vis the agreement, both governments are making slow and steady progress in implementing the deal. Attempts are being made by both sides to clinch the deal before President George Bush visits India in February.

Meanwhile Indian news sources report today also, protestors in India are already gearing up for demonstrations against Bush when he visits India next month.

11 Responses to “John Kerry in India for Nuke Talks, Weeks Ahead of Bush”

  1. Kerry in India and then the Middle East… he’s acting more presidential than our president. What a shock. And man… just look at that photo of him. He even looks more presidential. Wow.

  2. Andy

    Yes… he’s every bit more presidential than the King G. Great photo, looks as though they are enjoying their discussions.

  3. Just don’t have those mask like faces that a lot of official pictures do.

    I wonder if India’s Government and police are going to put their demonstrators where George can’t see them.

  4. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said to Bush ” have nothing to discuss with you, I already spoke to your President last week.”

  5. Are we surprised, Bush is to busy trying
    to resell the war.

  6. Sandrakae

    LOL! Wouldn’t that be grand!

  7. Sandrakae,

    I like the way you think!! Hey everybody–Waving–I’m on my days off. Woohoo, time to have some fun.

  8. Kerry exemplifies what TRUE leadership is. He reminds me of FDR in some ways.

  9. Grace Dillon,

    I like that comparison. Very nice. He really does exemplify true leadership, I have no doubt that the Resident is unhappy about this trip.

  10. Well of course the protesters are gearing up for bush. They know a fake when they see one.
    Sandrakae- I would probably have a heartattack if that soundbite was to come true. 🙂 Well India’s prime minster is talking to our president.
    I must say Kerry looks relaxed, well dressed and yes like a president should look confident.
    Now if only we could get the real first lady on a couple of these trips.
    No matter what the media whores say there’s no way you could look at this picture and not tell that Kerry’s got it.

  11. The body language says it all… Slightly forward, engaged, comfortable. We’ll see a contrast in the near future.