Hillary to drop in Chennai during India visit

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 12:45

Washington: US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton would discuss the entire scope of Indo-US relationship
with her Indian counterpart S M Krishna when she travels to
India in July for the second round of Strategic Dialogue, a
State Department official said on Tuesday.

Clinton will also visit Chennai during her two-day
visit to the country to become the first serving Secretary of
State to visit the city.

"In general, we plan to talk about the entire scope of
US-Indian relations, but also our work together regionally and
globally," State Departments spokesperson Victoria Nuland told
reporters at her daily news conference.

Among other issues, Afghanistan would also be
discussed with India, Nuland said in response to a question.

"I would expect that Afghanistan will be one of the
subjects that she talks about bilaterally in India," Nuland
said.

Leading a high-powered US delegation, Clinton, would
be travelling to India on July 19-20 with stops at New Delhi
and Chennai for the second round of Strategic Dialogue.

The focus would be on giving a new thrust to the
relationship between the two countries.

"During her trip to India, Clinton will also visit
Chennai, marking the first visit by a serving US Secretary of
State to the city, which has emerged as a hub for the trade,
investment, and people-to-people engagement that is driving
the US-India relationship," Nuland said.

During her stay in Chennai, Clinton is expected to
visit the Ford factory, which manufactures` cars for not only
the Indian market but also for exports to other parts of the
world. She is also expected to hold a town hall meeting in
Chennai.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 12:45

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