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2012 Hillary Clinton's visit to India


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US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is on a three-day visit to India. She arrived in Kolkata in the afternoon on May 6, 2012. Clinton will meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, AICC President Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and several other leaders during his three-day visit. She is likely to focus her attention on cross-border terrorism, to improve the India-US strategic partnership.

Immediately after her arrival in Kolkata, Hillary Clinton visited the Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR) office and attended a cultural event.

Purpose of the visit

The US Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton is likely to focus on the following issues during her three-day trip to India.

  • Cross-border terrorism
  • Teesta water sharing issue
  • Discussing the next steps to be taken in the India U.S. strategic partnership with the Indian leadership
  • Discuss on the AFPAK transition, Hafiz Saeed and Haqqani network
  • US concern on Iran's nuclear programme
  • Will seek assurances that India will reduce its purchases of oil from sanctions-hit Iran
  • Press the case for India's stalled policy to open its supermarket sector to foreign chains
  • Making a case for allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail

Meeting with Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will gift Hillary Clinton Rabindranath Tagore's Gitanjali and Gitabitan along with the collected works of Swami Vivekananda. She is scheduled to meet Hillary at the Writers' Buildings in the state secreteriat of West Bengal on May 8. The collected works of Vivekananda were brought from Belur Math. She will also present Hillary Clinton with a scarf that was brought from Santiniketan.

The US Secretary of State is likely to discuss the issues of Teesta Water sharing deal with Bangladesh and the Trinamool party's opposition to foreign investment in multi-brand retail in the country.

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