Clinton praises outgoing Indian envoy Shankar

Last Updated: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 12:08

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton appreciated the significant role played by Meera
Shankar in her capacity as the Indian Ambassador to the US as
her nearly two-and-half-year of tenure as New Delhi`s top
diplomatic representative here comes to an end this week.

"On behalf of American people and the Obama
Administration, I extend my best wishes to you as your
celebrated tenure as the Ambassador of India comes to an end,"
Clinton told Shankar.

"I am thankful to you for your services and remain
deeply grateful to you to strengthen the important partnership
between our two countries," Clinton said when Shankar went to
meet her at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State
Department on Wednesday.

During the meeting, Clinton also conveyed her
appreciation for Shankar`s contribution to the relationship
and the role that she had played during her nearly two and
half years tenure as the Indian Ambassador to the US.

This was probably her last meeting with the Secretary
of State in her capacity as the Indian Ambassador to India.

Her tenure comes to an end July 31.

"When I met her, she expressed her happiness with the
outcome of her recent visit to India and the conversations
that she had there and the discussions that took place between
delegations at various levels," Shankar said after the
meeting.

"I conveyed our commitment to string partnership
between India and the United States and to seeing her
continued interest and her support to this relationship," she
added.

PTI



First Published: Friday, July 29, 2011 - 12:08

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