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Trade, terror to figure in Indo-US strategic talks

Cooperation in high-tech trade and regional situation are among the issues expected to be taken up during the second India-US Strategic Dialogue to be held here on July 19.



New Delhi: Cooperation in high-tech trade,
regional situation and terror links of ISI as revealed
during the trial of Pakistani-Canadian terrorist Tahawwur Rana
trial are among the issues expected to be taken up during the
second India-US Strategic Dialogue to be held here on July 19.
The Dialogue, led by External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna and his US counterpart Hillary Clinton, will focus on
the ways to take the on-going US-India strategic partnership
to new heights in various key areas and would involve in-depth
discussion on global, regional and bilateral issues.

Noting that details of Secretary of State Clinton`s
visit to India and her programme are being worked out,
Ministry of External Affairs said the dialogue will be
preceded by the meeting of the India-US High Technology
Cooperation Group (HTCG) which will be hosted by Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao on July 11-12 here.

HTCG, established in 2002, is the principal forum for
advancing India-US cooperation in advanced technologies,
including in dual use and strategic trade.
The industry component of the meeting will be held on
July 11 followed by government to government dialogue on July
12, it said, adding the third meeting of the India-US JWG
on civil space cooperation will be held on July 13-14 in
Bangalore.

Meanwhile, sources have indicated that the issue of
terror links of ISI, as revealed during Rana`s trial in
Chicago, are also expected to be raised by India.

Counterterrorism, energy cooperation, science and
technology, commerce and trade are among the areas that have
already been identified as key sectors of cooperation between
the two countries at the first round of dialogue.

PTI

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