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, nuclear-armed Pakistan.
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.