Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to visit US next week

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 14:25

Washington: Ways to expand bilateral high-
technology trade and regional and global issues of mutual
interest will figure in talks Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao
will have with top officials of the Obama Administration
during her six-day visit to the US next week.

Rao, who would embark on the visit to Washington and New
York on March 14, will co-chair the seventh meeting of the
India-US High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) with Dennis
F Hightower, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, on March 15-16.
This is the first meeting of the HTCG after the Obama
administration assumed office in January last year. Both sides
hope to consolidate the progress made in the last five years
and move ahead to significantly expand bilateral trade in
strategic and high technology areas, the spokesperson of the
Indian mission here said.

The HTCG was formed in 2002 to provide a forum to discuss
bilateral high-technology trade issues and build the
confidence necessary to facilitate trade in sensitive items.

On March 15, the US-India Business Council (USIBC) will
host the industry dialogue here in partnership with the
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Federation of
Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

The meeting will give the US and Indian industry
representatives an opportunity to discuss ways in which the
two governments can facilitate trade in specific industry
sectors and make suggestions.
These industry suggestions are expected to provide
substantive input for bilateral government meetings the
following day.

Apart from meetings in the Commerce Department, the
Foreign Secretary will hold talks with other senior members of
the Administration as well as the US Congress during her stay
in Washington, the spokesperson said.

India and the US had agreed on establishing a Strategic
Dialogue to be co-chaired by the External Affairs Minister and
the US Secretary of State and also on a revised Dialogue
Architecture last year during the visit of Hillary Clinton to
India.

Rao, in her meetings in the State Department, will review
the progress made on various elements of the revised dialogue
architecture and also discuss the way ahead in preparation for
the visit of External Affairs Minister S M Krishna to the US
later this year for the next round of Strategic Dialogue.

Regional and global issues of mutual interest would also
figure in these talks, the official said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 14:25

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