Plans underway to arrange meeting between Chandrababu Naidu and Obama
news Saturday, December 06, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute | November 23, 2014 | 9:00 am IST The Andhra Pradesh chief minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu may meet US president Barack Obama when the latter visits Delhi for the Republic Day Parade in January. According to a report in the Times of India, talks are underway between the AP and US officials for a meet between Obama and Naidu to discuss the development of smart cities in Andhra. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, earlier invited Obama to be the chief guest for the 2015 Republic Day Celebrations to be held in Delhi on January 26. According to the report, the US is planning to sign an agreement with India to develop three smart cities in India, one of which is Visakhapatnam. Naidu also wants to use this opportunity to ensure fourteen more AP cities are included in the 100 cities that the US government has agreed to jointly develop to provide clean water and sewerage facilities. Talks are also underway to consider a US Consulate being built in Vizag or the new capital city. If successful, this will be the second US president that Naidu will meet after successfully bringing Bill Clinton to Hyderabad in 2000.