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U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Martin Luther King Memorial with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday after an Oval Office meeting at the White House, in Washington, DC. Standing shoulder to shoulder along the Potomac River, they gazed up at the towering white sculpture and chatted before Modi headed to the State Department for lunch with Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
President Obama showered praise on India's new prime minister in the meeting, seeking to infuse new energy into the two countries' sluggish relationship. Yet for all the pomp and pageantry, there were few signs that Obama and Modi had resolved vexing issues that have often kept the two democracies at arm's length.