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Updated: September 17, 2009 18:32 IST

Obama administration preparing for Manmohan visit

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with U.S. President Barack Obama during the G8 Summit at L'Aquila in Italy on July 9, 2009.
File photo: PTI Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with U.S. President Barack Obama during the G8 Summit at L'Aquila in Italy on July 9, 2009.

Gearing for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s State visit, top officials of the Obama Administration, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have discussed the key areas of “strategic dialogue” that the U.S. plans to have with India.

In preparation of Mr. Singh’s visit to Washington on November 24, Ms. Clinton on Wednesday attended a meeting of the U.S.-India Strategy Dialogue to review the progress and identify key areas to be accomplished during the first state visit of the Obama Administration.

The inter-agency meeting held at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department was chaired by the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Bill Burns.

“Secretary (Clinton) attended part of it and it was to discuss the strategic dialogue talks we are going to have with India,” the State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told PTI after the meeting.

“We look forward to the State visit of the Prime Minister of India,” he said.

The strategic dialogue talks, he said, are going to cover a broad range of issues — political, economic and trade issues, environmental issues. “It is the kind of robust talks at the strategic level we have with important partners and allies like India,” he said.

Earlier this week, the Indian Ambassador to the U.S. Meera Shankar, said the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Washington on November 24, the first State Visit of the Obama Administration, shows the personal commitment of the U.S. President, Barack Obama, towards India-U.S. relationship,

“On November 24th, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be the first State Guest of President Obama, which we see as a sign of the President’s personal commitment to the relationship,” Ms. Shankar said.

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