Pres Obama & Indian PM Modi Meet at the White House

Economic IndicatorsReuters

President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed trade issues, climate change and the fight against Islamic State militants during an Oval Office meeting on Tuesday, the two leaders told reporters after their meeting.

Modi said he sought Obama's support for continued openness and ease of access for Indian services companies in the U.S. market, and he said the two leaders had a candid discussion about a trade agreement reached in Bali last year.

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"India supports trade facilitation. However, I also expect that we are able to find a solution that takes care of our concern on food security. I believe that it should be possible to do that," Modi said.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Beech)