"No two nations agree on everything, and so of course sometimes India and the United States will disagree. But I believe that we can work through any differences in a spirit of mutual respect," Obama said in an interview to India Today magazine.
"Moreover, whatever differences we may have are greatly outweighed by the many interests we have in common," he added.
The US president said that all this requires "good communication and coordination", not just between leaders but between governments.
"When those of us at the leadership level agree on a course of action, our governments have to actually implement our decisions. We have to make sure that words are matched by deeds," he said.
Obama will be arriving in India on Jan 25 and will attend the Republic Day celebrations on Jan 26.