Leon Panetta to visit India soon: US official

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who places much importance to America?s relationship with India, is looking forward to his maiden visit to India in his capacity as head of the Pentagon, a senior US official has said.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2011, 12:13 PM IST

Washington: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta,
who places much importance to America`s relationship with
India, is looking forward to his maiden visit to India in his
capacity as head of the Pentagon, a senior US official has
said.

"We are looking to try to get Secretary Panetta out to
India in the not too distant future," Deputy Assistant
Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Robert Scher
told reporters at a news conference.

"I was travelling with Secretary Panetta recently and I
know how much importance he places on the US-India
relationship.

"And we are trying to find the right time for that to
happen," he said in response to a question.

Under the Obama Administration, Panetta had visited India
as head of the CIA.

Panetta is still to visit India after he took over as the
country’s Defense Secretary a few months ago, he said.

PTI