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Kerry to push India to give U.S. companies greater access

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 00:29

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in India for an investment summit. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in India on Sunday (January 11) to attend an international investment conference and push trade ties will push India to make it easier for U.S. companies to do business there. The investment summit is being promoted by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is held in the city of Ahmedabad, in Modi's home state of Gujarat. Among the top agenda items on Kerry's trip, which is to be followed by a visit to India by President Barack Obama for India's Jan. 26 Republic Day celebrations, is breaking down some of the barriers to U.S. companies. These include the challenges of local content requirements and patent enforcement as well as liability protections for companies that hope to build nuclear power plants for Indian's burgeoning need for electricity for its 1.2 billion people. While in India, Kerry will meet Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay of Bhutan, becoming the first U.S. Cabinet member to meet a senior official from the small country wedged in the Himalayas between India and China, U.S. officials said. On his way to India, Kerry stopped in Munich to call on Oman's Sultan Qaboos, who has been receiving medical treatment in Germany. A U.S. official said Kerry wished "to express his gratitude for their longstanding and strong relationship." On his way back to the U.S, he will discuss Iran's nuclear program with the Iranian foreign minister in Geneva on Wednesday. He then visits Bulgaria, which is heavily dependent on Russian oil and gas, to discuss security cooperation and energy diversification.

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Kerry to push India to give U.S. companies greater access

Sunday, January 11, 2015 - 00:29