Obama wishlist for MMS

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  1. anoop_mig25

    anoop_mig25 Senior Member Senior Member

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    WHILE OUR WHISLIST REMAINS IGNORED:angry_10:
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    http://www.indianexpress.com/news/obama-coming-officials-struggle-to-narrow-distance/701894/0

    By PranabDhalSamanta Posted: Mon Oct 25 2010, 01:09 hrs New Delhi:

    Bringing to bear his political weight amid, so far, unsuccessful efforts at the official level to bridge differences on a range of critical issues, US President Barack Obama is learnt to have written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveying America’s expectations from the presidential visit early next month.
    According to reliable sources, the letter was carried by US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns last week and personally handed over to the Prime Minister’s Office. While details are not known, sources said the US President has expressed hope that concerns of its nuclear industry arising out of India’s civil nuclear liability legislation would be addressed soon in order to commence commercial negotiations.

    Obama is said to have listed out other unresolved issues too that he hoped would be addressed. These include closure on certain defence deals, like the purchase of additional C-17 aircraft, market access to US agricultural products and resolution of problems emerging from India’s fresh norms for telecom companies.

    However, he is believed to have made no mention of issues important to India, like supporting its candidature for permanent membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC). Moreover, what is causing some concern is that there is no sign of closure on any of the issues important to either side:

    UNSC membership: The US has so far agreed to describe India as a “natural candidate” for permanent membership but India is keen on a clearer commitment like America “endorsing” India’s candidature. So, the issue still remains open despite lengthy negotiations with Burns and Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert Blake last week.

    US nuclear concerns: For the US, India making the move to join the Convention on Supplementary Compensation is just one pre-requisite to begin commercial negotiations. Washington has surprised New Delhi with a suggestion that if the Act cannot be amended, then the operator — in this case the NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd) — give an undertaking that the right to recourse against the supplier, as enshrined in Article 17 (b) of the Liability Act, not be applicable to US suppliers. The US has been told that this kind of exception is just not possible and that American companies would have to work within Indian laws. There seems to be limited convergence on this issue. The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has complicated matters by not assigning high-level officials to brief US nuclear suppliers at a meeting which was scheduled in Mumbai. Upset US authorities took up the matter officially and, at South Block’s behest, a meeting was arranged in Delhi, where DAE head Srikumar Bannerjee was asked to interact with US suppliers.

    Entities list: There is still no clean exemption from the US. While it is prepared to remove ISRO and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the list of entities requiring case-by-case clearance to trade in dual-use technology, the US has still not conceded ground on removing entities belonging to the DAE. Also, the US has conveyed that end-use verification would still be applicable even if these entities are taken off the list. This is not acceptable to India, which wants a clean and complete deletion of all Indian entities from the list maintained by the US Bureau of Industrial standards. The issue is still open and further negotiations are needed.

    Defence deals and agreements: With the US pushing for India to take a call on signing some of the pending defence agreements like the LSA (Logistics Support Agreement), CISMOA (Communication and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement) and BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial Cooperation), a proposal is under consideration to announce setting up a joint Indo-US group for discussing defence agreements. This is still to get the Defence Ministry’s clearance. However, certain big ticket defence deals are expected to be announced during the visit.

    NSG membership: Here, there is a greater convergence, with the US agreeing to “evolve criteria” within the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group that would make it possible for India to be considered for membership of this elite group.

    Market access to US dairy and meat products: The US wants prohibition on its dairy and meat products to be lifted. Indian authorities say calf rennet is used in many US dairy products and the ban cannot be lifted until India is satisfied that it is not used in products sent here. India is also worried about the religious sensitivities involved. A US delegation is expected next week to specially discuss this issue.

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    I DON`T WHY INDO-US committee ON DEFENSE IS BEGIN FORMED WHEN OUR GENERALS HAS THERE IS NOT NECESSARY ANY BENEFICIAL TO US.

    SURELY NOW MMS LED GOVERNMENT IS BENDING TWO MUCH
     
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  3. maomao

    maomao Veteran Hunter of Maleecha Senior Member

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    Lets see what happens when boobama the buffoon is in India?
     
  4. SHASH2K2

    SHASH2K2 New Member

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    Nothing will happen we will try our level best to Satisfy MR Obama and he will return home with Bagful of Indian money . In return he wil give us one or two Lollipops like UNSC candidature or NSG membership.
     

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