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Obama to back India's UNSC seat bid?


Paarull,CNN-IBN
Oct 21, 2010 at 03:59pm IST

New Delhi: India could get broad support in its bid for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council during US President Barack Obama's visit, sources said.

With two weeks left for Obama's India visit - the US has a bagful of promises for New Delhi. Among the gifts that the US President will bear - is the promise of support for a permanent UNSC seat, sources said.

CNN-IBN has also learnt that Obama is also likely to assure New Delhi that curbs on outsourcing will not hit Indo-US business ties.

Technical sanctions on ISRO and DRDO are also likely to be removed.

R. Nicholas Burns, former United States Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs, has said that India needs to be more sensitive towards the debate on outsourcing of jobs from the United States of America, an indication that the government won't change its stand on the issue.

Meanwhile, the White House has stressed that Obama’s India schedule isn't "finalised."

This comes amid reports that Obama has dropped plans to visit the Golden temple in Amritsar to avoid wearing a headscarf that could make him look like a Muslim.

"We have not finalised the schedule for Asia," press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Wednesday on Air Force One. "Look, it's a big country, and we'd love to spend more than the three allotted days" in India.

Obama's itinerary was based on "what the president wants to accomplish," and that consultations with Indian officials continued on the final schedule.

Earlier, a White House official said in a statement: "We have not yet released the final schedule for the President's trip to Asia, including India.

"India is a vast and extraordinary country, and there are many more events that the President would like to do - and sites that our advance teams visit - than he will have time for during a three day visit," the official said. "We will advise the president's itinerary when it is finalised."

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