DATE=1/18/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA / U-S (L-ONLY) CQ NUMBER=2-258192 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: U-S Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, visiting India, discussed economic cooperation issues with senior Indian leaders saying President Clinton will do the same during a planned visit to New Delhi in the near future. VOA's Jim Teeple reports Mr. Summers visit takes place as senior Indian and U-S diplomats are meeting in London in talks aimed at resolving differences between the two countries over nuclear proliferation issues. Text: Treasury Secretary Summers says he delivered a letter from President Clinton to India's prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, that outlined proposals for closer economic cooperation between the two countries. President Clinton is planning to visit India in the near future - possibly in March. Mr. Summers told reporters that economics will play a big role in his visit -- and President Clinton's. /// SUMMERS ACTUALITY /// The basic objective of our trip is to carry out economic dialogue between the United States and India and to come to a greater understanding of the economic situation in India and to lay the groundwork for President Clinton's trip to India. /// END ACTUALITY /// Late last year President Clinton lifted nearly all economic sanctions imposed on New Delhi following India's nuclear tests in May 1998. Mr. Summers is the highest ranking U-S official to visit India since New Delhi those tests. Pakistan conducted nuclear tests of its own a short while later, prompting the United States to impose sanctions, sanctions which Washington has yet to lift. U-S officials have said in the past they will remain in effect until civilian rule is restored in Pakistan. Mr. Summers visit to India comes as senior Indian and U-S diplomats are holding a 10th round of talks in London aimed at resolving differences over nuclear proliferation issues. The United States and other leading nuclear powers are urging both India and Pakistan to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, or C-T-B-T, which bans the testing of nuclear weapons. India's Prime Minister says there must be a national debate over the issue of signing the treaty. Last year the U-S Senate rejected ratifying the treaty - a vote President Clinton called "regrettable." /// REST OPT /// Meanwhile relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated to their lowest point in years. India has accused Pakistan of involvement in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane that was seized by Kashmiri separatist militants in late December - a charge Pakistani officials deny. Following the arrest of an Indian embassy official in Islamabad and the bombing of a market in the southern city of Karachi, Pakistani officials this week accused India of organizing terrorist attacks in Pakistan - a charge that Indian officials deny. (Signed) NEB/JLT/KL/gm 18-Jan-2000 18:36 PM EDT (18-Jan-2000 2336 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .