U.S. and Indian officials say the two sides are hoping to finalize a
framework for their expanding strategic dialogue when Indian Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh visits Washington later this week.
U.S. officials say President Barack Obama will inform Mr. Singh about
his decision on a U.S. troop surge for Afghanistan. India is worried
about the worsening security situation in the war-torn country, fearing
it will further destabilize its long-time rival and neighbor,
Also on the agenda will be enhanced counter-terrorism cooperation to
prevent a similar terrorist attack like the one in India's financial
hub, Mumbai, a year ago.
U.S. Ambassador to New Delhi, Timothy Roemer, said Wednesday that the
two men will also discuss expanding a partnership on climate change
mitigation, educational programs and fighting poverty.