President Bush says US-Indian relations have never been stronger, as he hosts a day of meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The two leaders addressed reporters at the White House on Monday after talks that focused on counter-terrorism and economic issues.
Mr. Bush said the United States and India share a belief in democracy as a path to a hopeful future, while Mr. Singh thanked the president for his leadership in fighting terrorism and his support of India's rapid economic growth.
Mr. Singh had said before the visit that he would seek access to U.S. technology for India's civilian nuclear energy program.
President Bush also said the countries will launch a disaster response initiative to deal with events like the tsunami that devastated parts of Asia last December.
Roquia Haider spoke to Asim Chakrabarti from the studio.