Clinton to discuss ways to enhance US-India strategic partnership(Update-Clinton)

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Washington, July 15 (ANI): A spokesman for the U.S. State Department has said that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss ways to enhance the US-India strategic partnership during her five day visit to India from July 17 to 23.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said: "Secretary Clinton will meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and with External Affairs Minister Krishna. The Secretary and Minister Krishna will discuss the structure and elements of an enhanced U.S.-India strategic partnership that will enable us to advance solutions to the defining challenges of our time and tonhance global prosperity and stability in the 21st century."

Kelly said Clinto would arrive in Mumbai on July 17 where, she would meet with a broad cross section of Indian society and would remember the victims of the November 26, 2008 Mumbai attacks.

He said that Clinton would travel to New Delhi where she would have a full schedule of meetings with government officials, the leader of the opposition, entrepreneurs, scientists, and youth.

The Secretary would leave New Delhi on July 21 for Thailand.

In Thailand, Clinton would meet with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Foreign Minsiter Kasit Piromyato to underscore the importance of our alliance and our bilateral relationship and to share perspectives on common interests in the region.

She would visit Bangkok July 21-22 and Phuket July 22-23. Clinton would travel to Phuket to lead the U.S. delegation to the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference and ASEAN Regional Forum.

Clinton would return to Washington on July 23, he said. (ANI)

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