Rao leaves for US to discuss agenda for Obama`s India tour

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao Thursday left for the US where she will meet several high-level officials to discuss the agenda for President Barack Obama`s India tour in November.

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2010, 16:26 PM IST

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao
today left for the US where she will meet several high-level
officials, including Chairman of the Senate on Foreign
Relations Committee to discuss the agenda for President Barack
Obama`s India tour in November.

"I will meet the Chairman of the Senate on Foreign
Relations Committee, National Secretary Advisor James Jones
and Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs William
Burns," Rao said hours before her departure for the US.

The Foreign Secretary will also join External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna when he travels to New York on September
20 to participate in the UN General Assembly.

The two sides, which are looking at a big idea or big
ideas to frame Obama`s visit, will also work on ironing out
irritants created by recent US positions both on outsourcing
and visa hike.
While Indians are not happy with the US raising the H1-B
and L1 visa fee and one of its states, Ohio, imposing a ban
on outsourcing, the Americans, too, have their gripes and
expect their concerns to be addressed, including those on
nuclear liability bill, which was recently passed by
Parliament.
Obama is visiting India in November and besides New Delhi,
he will travel to Amritsar and Mumbai, where he is expected to
pay tribute to victims of 26/11 terror attacks. In Amritsar,
the US President will be visiting the Golden Temple.

PTI