Clinton begins meeting with Manmohan Singh

July 20th, 2009 - 2:00 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, July 20 (ANI): Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived at the 7, Race Course Road official residence of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and begun a meeting with him.

The Clinton cavalcade arrived from Delhi University, where the visiting dignitary has just finished addressing students and faculty. The meeting is expected to last an hour.

According to sources, Clinton is expected to take up the issue of terror with the Prime Minister, and to determine how best the United States and India can jointly work to counter the menace.

She is also likely to review the current state of bilateral relations, with a focus on non-proliferation, climate change, civil nuclear cooperation, all subjects aimed at taking the strategic partnership between the two countries forward.

After her meeting with the Prime Minister, Clinton will meet the Leader of Opposition L.K.Advani at 2.30 p.m., UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at 5.30 p.m. and External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna at 6.30 p.m. at Hyderabad House.

The two sides are expected to sign a series of bilateral agreements after their discussions, including an “end-use monitoring” agreement to ease the sale of sophisticated US arms to New Delhi.

The top agenda of this evening’s meeting is the unveiling of the new strategic dialogue architecture, which will cover areas like non-proliferation, security, education, health and development.

The other highlight is the signing of an agreement to facilitate the launch of U.S. satellites and satellites with U.S. components on Indian launch vehicles.The new Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA) to be signed will cover launches involving satellites owned by U.S. Government or academic institutions or by third country space agencies and universities which have U.S. equipment on board.

Another agreement on a framework for robust result-oriented cooperation in science and technology for collaborative research and its commercialization will also be signed between the two countries. (ANI)

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