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Joe Biden to speak on 10th anniv of Indo-US nuke deal

US Vice President Joe Biden would deliver a keynote speech on India-US relations at an event here hosted by a top American think-tank to mark the tenth anniversary of the historic civilian nuclear deal between the two countries.



Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden would deliver a keynote speech on India-US relations at an event here hosted by a top American think-tank to mark the tenth anniversary of the historic civilian nuclear deal between the two countries.

"Vice President Biden will speak on the strategic importance of the US-India partnership," the White House said yesterday.

Biden's speech follows a full-day conference at Carnegie Endowment for International Relations on the 10th anniversary of the landmark US-India civil nuclear agreement that will include remarks by Arun K Singh, India's Ambassador to the US, it said.

The event is being hosted jointly by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Carnegie Endowment for International Relations, a top US think-tank.

The day-long conference is likely to be addressed by some of the key architects of the civil nuclear deal.

Prominent among them being the then Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns, former Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, the then Indian Ambassador to the US, Ronen Sen; two former foreign secretaries, Shyam Saran and Shivshankar Menon; and former National Security Advisor Stephen J Hadley.

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Nisha Desai Biswal, would also deliver remarks on the occasion.

A day later, CII is hosting a major conference at the Capitol Hill to release a report titled 'Indian Roots, American Soil' to highlight the investments and contributions of Indian companies in the US, as well as the mutually beneficial bilateral trade relationship.

In addition to heads of Indian companies with large US investment footprints, and Indian Ambassador of India to the US, there will also be a high-level CII CEOs delegation in attendance, led by Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII and Sumit Mazumder, president, CII and Chairman and Managing Director, TIL Limited.

Several top US lawmakers are expected to attend including the co-chairs of the Senate India Caucus, Senator John Cornyn and Senator Mark Warner, as well as Congressman Ami Bera and Congressman George Holding, co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.

The 'Indian Roots American Soil' would highlight the growing presence of Indian companies in the US.

Indian companies likely to attend the event includes Bank of Baroda, Birlasoft, Cyient, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, Essel Propack, Exim Bank, ICICI Bank, Infosys, ITC Infotech, Larsen & Tourbo, Mahindra USA, Mindteck, NIIT, Piramal Healthcare, State Bank of India, Sun Pharma, Taj Hotels and Resorts, TATA Communications, TATA Group, TATA Consultancy Services, Torrent Pharma, Wipro and Wockhardt.

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