Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai today met Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and held a series of meetings at the State Department and the White House on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues.
On his first bilateral visit to the U.S. as the Foreign Secretary, Mr. Mathai is understood to have presented India’s perspective on a wide range of regional and global issues including Iran, the peace talks with Taliban and situation in the region.
Secretary of State Clinton dropped by at a meeting between Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Mr. Mathai, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.
Ms. Clinton’s meeting with Mr. Mathai, Ms. Nuland said, was to “make clear that we support these consultations on the full range of issues.”
She is looking forward to the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue later this year, Ms. Nuland said.
Later in the day, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Windy Sherman hosted a meetings for Mr. Mathai, who met other top officials from the State Department, including Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake and Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero.
Mr. Mathai also had meetings at the White House.
In the evening, Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Nirupama Rao hosted a dinner for the visiting Indian delegation which was attended by officials from the State Department.
A day earlier, Mr. Mathai met the Ambassador at large and Coordinator for Counter terrorism, Daniel Benjamin.
Mr. Mathai also met a group of Indian American community leaders led by Dr. Sambhu N. Banik.