Purpose of Indo-US Strategic Dialogue is to think big: Blake



Purpose of Indo-US Strategic Dialogue is to think big: Blake Washington: The main purpose of the next week Indo-US Strategic Dialogue here is to think big and think strategically and not to focus much on deliverables, a top US official has said.

"There will be deliverables; I don't want to talk about the deliverables now. But we are really not focused that much on deliverables.

The purpose of this dialogue is really to think strategically and, again, to get the key people who work on these issues together to think ahead to the (US) President's visit and to think strategically about what we can do," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake said yesterday.

"It's not so much to have a review of all the things that we have done. We know what we have done. It's really to think ahead.

And when we have all of these senior-level officials together in one place, we have to take maximum advantage of their time and, again, use it productively," Blake said.

"So that's the real purpose of the strategic dialogue. It is not to supplant the 18 different dialogues that we have, headed by all these different cabinet ministers on both sides.