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US President Barack Obama (C), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (L) attend a reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015. Rain failed to dampen spirits at India's Republic Day parade January 26 as Barack Obama became the first US president to attend the spectacular military and cultural display in a sign of the nations' growing closeness. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama (C), Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Indian President Pranab Mukherjee (L) attend a reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan, the Presidential Palace, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015. Rain failed to dampen spirits at India's Republic Day parade January 26 as Barack Obama became the first US president to attend the spectacular military and cultural display in a sign of the nations' growing closeness. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House on Monday touted progress on a deal between the U.S. and India to develop nuclear power in the South Asian country.

President Barack Obama is on a three-day visit to India to talk trade, military ties and climate change.

The White House on Monday touted progress on a deal between the U.S. and India to develop nuclear power in the South Asian country.

That deal, first signed by U.S. and India during the Bush Administration, hit roadblocks when U.S. companies balked at liability in the event of an accident and Indian authorities were critical of measures to monitor nuclear material, said Akhil Gupta, director of UCLA's Center for India and South Asia.

Those issues appear to have been resolved, according to a White House memo, which said that India's Department of Atomic Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy would collaborate on projects to "enable discovery science cooperation in particle accelerator and high energy physics."

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