12th June, 2012, Washington: S. M. Krishna, the External Affairs Minister arrived in Washington DC, where he will hold United States – India Strategic Dialogue with Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State. It is expected that the two leaders will discuss a wide range of regional and bilateral issues.
Syed Akbaruddin, the External Ministry spokesperson, told that this Strategic Dialogue is actually reflection of the US – India relationship vastness as well as the largeness of engagement between these two nations.
He told that the issues on the table are quite clear. It deals with a long list of things except from regional and strategic issues. India has an elaborate delegation. They hope to employ in a candid and forthright way with US counterparts.
The External Affairs Minister is accompanied by top ministerial colleagues like Vilasrao Deshmukh (Minister for Science and Technology), Ghulam Nabi Azad (Union Health and Family Welfare Minister), Montek Singh Ahluwalia (Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission) and Sam Pitroda.
During his visit, Krishna will address at the US India Business Council annual meet. Ron Somers, the president of USIBC told that the participation of India’s External Affairs Minister would boost confidence into what has been a reinforcing commercial partnership for the last two decades.