Hilary calls Krishna;talks Afghan,bilateral issues

Krishna also invited Clinton to visit India for the second round of the strategic dialogue.

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 00:34 AM IST

New Delhi: India and the US on Wednesday discussed
the status of various initiatives announced during the visit
of President Barack Obama a month ago, apart from deliberating
on the situation in Afghanistan.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called External
Affairs Minister S M Krishna and had a nearly 40-minute
discussion during which both reviewed the situation in the
region, including in Afghanistan.

Both sides also talked about the steps to be taken to
strengthen the cooperation between the two countries as
envisaged by Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during
the US President`s visit to India in November. They exchanged
their views on taking forward the initiatives announced during
Obama`s tour.

Krishna also invited Clinton to visit India for the
second round of the strategic dialogue, dates for which will
be decided through diplomatic channels, MEA officials said.

The first round of the strategic dialogue was held in the
US in June this year.

Separately, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs
William Burns had a telephonic conversation with Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao on various bilateral issues and
regional matters of mutual importance.

Krishna also expressed his condolence over the demise of
US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard
Holbrooke.

Krishna and Clinton conveyed season`s greetings to each
other.

PTI