File - In this Sept. 30, 2014 photo, President Barack Obama shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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President Barack Obama arrives in India this weekend anxious to take another step in moving the world's two largest democracies beyond the deep tensions that have beset their relationship in recent years.The White House says it still was caught off guard when Modi invited Obama to be the first American president to attend India's annual Republic Day festivities, which mark the day in 1950 that the country's constitution came into force.The president and first lady Michelle Obama arrive in New Delhi early Sunday for a three-day visit that also includes a fresh round of bilateral meetings with Modi, an economic summit with U.S. and Indian business leaders and a visit to India's famed Taj Mahal.Obama will be the first U.S. president to visit India twice while in office; he also traveled there in 2010 for an economic summit.U.S. officials say they hope the improving relationship between Obama and Modi will have payoffs in the policy arena.
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