India: PM starts landmark US visit

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is due to hold talks with US President George W Bush on the opening day of a landmark visit to the country.

The two leaders are expected to focus on terrorism, trade, investment and collaboration on technology.

However, there are no signs that Washington is prepared to support a campaign to include India in a reformed United Nations Security Council.

During the talks India is hoping to strike a deal on ways to share nuclear technology, which correspondents say Washington has been reluctant to agree because of India’s refusal to join international nuclear non-proliferation treaties.

But there are indications that Mr Bush will invite India to join in some international nuclear research projects.

Indian newspapers are calling Mr Singh’s visit “historic” – and “waiting for some history to be made”.