President Bush and Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh met at the White House on Thursday for talks aimed at strengthening U.S.-Indian relations. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the two men discussed U.S.-Indian cooperation in terms of energy and the economy. But he said they did not discuss Washington's recent decision to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.
Mr. Singh said after the meeting with President Bush that US-Indian relations have never been better, and that India's relationship with Pakistan is improving rapidly. Later in the day, Mr. Singh held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. At a joint news conference, Ms. Rice said their discussions covered a wide range of issues, including the situation in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East. Mr. Singh called the talks fruitful and wide-ranging.