Clinton meets Advani, Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi, July 20 (ANI): Visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani at his Prithviraj Road official residence and is currently in a meeting with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath Road residence.

During her meeting with Advani, Clinton is said to have reviewed issues of importance to both India and United States.

On her arrival at 10, Janpath, Sonia Gandhi, former Union Minister Karan Singh and AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi greeted her.

Earlier in the day, she met the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, at his 7 Race Course Road official residence.

During that meeting, Dr. Singh I said to have conveyed India's concerns over growing protectionism in the US, but according to PMO sources, Clinton insisted that the US did not have protectionist policies.

India's concerns were aired in the context of the global economic crisis, which has affected industry in this country.

A review of bilateral relations and New Delhi's concerns on the terror infrastructure in Pakistan was also said to have figured in the discussion.

Clinton also addressed students of Delhi University during which she said that combating terrorism and extremism was the number one challenge for all countries, and that this issue should be tackled in a democratic manner.

She also said that destroying institutions and societies was easy, building or rebuilding them was a very difficult task. (ANI)

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