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Menon-Clinton talks in Washington this week

NEW DELHI, 02/11/2010: Shiv Shankar Menon, National Security Advisor, in New Delhi on November 02, 2010 . Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar.   | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The National Security Advisor, Shivshankar Menon, will arrive in Washington later this week to hold a series of meetings with top officials of Obama Administration including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and his American counterpart Tom Donilon at the White House.

The first high—level meeting between the two countries after the November visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to India is considered as a preparatory one for the next round of India—U.S. Strategic Dialogue to be held in New Delhi in April.

Ms. Clinton would be leading a high—power U.S. delegation, including several Cabinet ranking officials, to India for the Strategic Dialogue, which would be co—chaired by the Secretary of State and External Affairs Minister S .M. Krishna.

A senior State Department official said Ms. Clinton would be hosting dinner for Mr. Menon, reflecting the high importance she attaches to America’s relationship with India.

Menon—Donilon meeting at the White House would also follow up on Mr. Obama’s November visit and review the progress being done so far.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss situation in the region, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Counter-terrorism cooperation between the two countries is also expected to be one of the major topics of discussions, when Mr. Menon meets top U.S. officials during his three—day stay in the U.S. later this week.

“We have an ongoing counter—terrorism cooperation with India. We share a concern about the threat of terrorism, both in the region and around the world,” State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley told reporters at his daily news conference.

“I can’t point to any particular action that we’ve done in recent days, but we continue to have full cooperation between India and the United States as well as other countries,” Mr. Crowley said in response to a question.

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