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The White House also reported that Mr. Obama telephoned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the Strategic Dialogue, which runs from Tuesday through Friday.

“President Obama and Prime Minister Singh also expressed their hope that the dialogue will initiate a regular exchange of ideas and discussions between their government,” a White House spokesman said.

Although Mr. Obama hosted Mr. Singh for his first state dinner, Indian analysts have been skeptical of his policies toward India, complaining that he is concentrating more on U.S. relations with Pakistan and “sidelining, downgrading and undermining ties with New Delhi,” as the Times of India noted.

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