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Indian PM Modi accepts invitation to US

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to the United States in September for talks with President Barack Obama.

He accepted an invitation during a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in New Delhi on Friday.

Modi reportedly said he is looking forward to a result-oriented visit with concrete outcomes that will give new energy to the partnership.

Modi was denied a visa to the United States in 2005 in light of religious riots in 2002 in the state of Gujarat.
He was the state's chief minister at the time and was criticized for failing to prevent a massacre of Muslims.

The US government continued to distance itself from Modi. President Obama initially offered an invitation when he congratulated Modi for his Bharatiya Janata Party's landslide victory in a general election in May.

US leaders want closer economic ties with India as the country is a market with 1.2 billion people. They also want a closer security partnership.

Modi is interested in getting US investment and nuclear power technology.

Jul. 11, 2014 - Updated 20:17 UTC