WASHINGTON - The United States and India can work together with partners in promoting a “positive outcome” in Afghanistan, Syria And Iraq, a White House statement on the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday.

The statement said President Barack Obama looks forward to welcoming Modi, who was for years barred from visiting the United States, at the White House for meetings on September 29 and 30.

Besides discussing bilateral relations,Obama and Modi “will also focus on regional issues, including current developments in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, where India and the United States can work together with partners towards a positive outcome,” the statement said.

“The two leaders will discuss a range of issues of mutual interest in order to expand and deepen the US-India strategic partnership. They will discuss ways to accelerate economic growth,bolster security cooperation, and collaborate in activities that bring long-term benefits to both countries and the world.”

“The President looks forward to working with the Prime Minister to fulfil the promise of the U.S.-India strategic partnership for the benefit of both our citizens and the world,” Obama’s Press secretary added. The meeting will mark Modi’s first visit to Washington since his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power in May elections. The White House said the talks would “deepen the US-India strategic partnership.”