Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is traveling to the United States for talks on how the two countries will work together on critical issues in coming years.

Before departing for Washington on Saturday, Mr. Singh released a statement saying he will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama on topics including terrorism, nuclear disarmament, the global economic slowdown and climate change.

Mr. Obama also is expected to inform Mr. Singh about his decision on a U.S. troop surge for Afghanistan.  New Delhi has expressed concern the war there could further destabilize Pakistan, India's nuclear-armed neighbor and longtime rival.

Prime Minister Singh said he hopes to build on a strategic dialogue with the United States aimed at further bolstering ties.

Mr. Singh said he looks forward to greater cooperation on trade, energy, defense, technology, science, education, agriculture and health.

After visiting Washington, Mr. Singh will travel to Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean, where he will meet with government leaders in the capital, Port of Spain.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP..