Indian media hails Barack Obama visit

President Barack Obama addresses India's parliament in Delhi on 8 November 2010 President Obama's remarks will delight India, which has long lobbied for a seat at the UN's top table

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The Indian media has hailed US President Barack Obama's trip to India, saying it had helped forge an "enduring partnership" between the two countries.

It lauded Mr Obama for backing India's ambition for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.

Mr Obama also said the Washington-Delhi relationship would be one of this century's defining partnerships.

He has left Delhi for Indonesia on the second leg of a 10-day Asian tour designed to boost US exports.

In an address to India's parliament at the end of a three-day visit on Monday, Mr Obama backed India's bid to gain a permanent seat on the UN Security council and lavished praised on the country.

He also said safe havens for militants in Pakistan were "unacceptable".

President Obama's parting words to India: Yes, we can, headlined The Indian Express.

"If Bill Clinton moved the United States towards neutrality in Indo-Pak disputes and George W Bush removed the perennial hyphen between Delhi and Islamabad, Obama, the third US President to visit India in a decade, may have opened the door for Indo-US co-operation on regional security, the newspaper said.

The newspaper said Mr Obama "represented a new chapter and a different America, one that engaged the world on mutually acceptable terms".

US President saves the best for the last, headlined The Times of India, alluding to what it called Mr Obama's "emphatic endorsement" for a permanent seat for India in the Security Council.

Mr Obama "offered a vision that was truly post-Cold War, post the global economic downturn and post the two wars that flowed out of America's post 9/11 invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq", the newspaper said.

Hindustan Times described Mr Obama's visit as a "rediscovery of India".

"Obama is now committed to a strategic relationship with the world's biggest democracy," the newspaper said.

"With an ever expanding commitment from three successive US presidents, Indians can now be confident that their relations with the world's oldest democracy are moored in more than personalities and tied increasingly to a common destiny," the newspaper said.

The Hindu said that Mr Obama's support for a permanent UN Security Council seat for India "represents a significant evolution of American policy towards both India and the world body".

"Even if he has essentially handed the Indians a cheque that cannot be easily cashed, the US President's words will strengthen India's hand as it seeks to press for reform in the UN," the newspaper said.

There are currently five permanent members of the Security Council: the US, China, France, the UK and Russia, which have the power to veto resolutions. Some nations have criticised the format as not reflecting the 21st Century world.

Mr Obama has announced $10bn (£6.2bn) in new trade deals with India during his trip.

The US president is next due to visit Indonesia, South Korea and Japan on a 10-day Asian tour designed to boost US exports.

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