Trade and investment, energy, science and technology, defense and security are expected to be the areas of focus during the summit talks. Both sides would seek to give much-needed impetus to the flagging bilateral relationship during the Sep 29-30 meeting. Modi in his speeches, including the latest interview to CNN, has referred to the strength of democracy - pointing to his own rise from a tea seller to the highest seat of government.
"Shared values, convergent interests and complementary strengths provide the foundation for natural partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies," he said in the statement. "I see the US as a vital partner for our national development, drawing especially on the rich possibilities of partnership in education, skills, research, technology and innovation - and, above all, a shared commitment to human values." "Working together, and with others, we can bridge the many divisions of our times and contribute to building a more peaceful, stable, secure, sustainable and prosperous world."
He said he will discuss with Obama "how we can use the strength of all that we share and all that we have built so far to take our relationship to a new level in the interest of our two countries and the cause of this world. I am confident that the visit will mark the start of a new chapter in our strategic partnership". Modi said during his Sep 27 address to the UNGA, he will "stress the urgency of early reforms in the United Nations, to ensure that it remains relevant and effective in dealing with the challenges of the 21st century". India is part of the G4 grouping along with Japan, Brazil and Germany that have called for reform in the UN Security Council and support each other's bid for a permanent seat in an expanded Security Council.
"The 69th session of the UN General Assembly is meeting at a moment of many pressing challenges for the international community - a still fragile global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world, growth and spread of terrorism, the Ebola health crisis in Africa, climate change and the endemic global challenge of poverty.
"I will call for a stronger global commitment and more concerted multilateral action in meeting these challenges," he said.
He said he looks forward "to meeting business leaders to invite them to participate more actively in India's economic growth and transformation. This is message that I will also convey to the US business community in Washington", he said, referring to his breakfast meeting with more than 15 CEOs of top US companies, including Google, Boeing, Goldman Sachs among others. Modi said he is also keenly waiting for the opportunity to meet the Indian American community at the Madison Square Garden in New York. He is to address thousands of the Indian diaspora at the event. (IANS)